In-Game Collection Drives
The beginning of the holiday season can be a joyous time of year, but for many individuals in Santa Clara County who face a lack of resources, such as a meal on the table, it can also be quite burdensome. Every November, we invite Sharks fans to enhance the holiday season by donating canned and non-perishable food to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The 2014 Second Harvest Food Bank Drive will take place at home games on Thursday, November 20 vs. Panthers and Saturday, November 22 vs. Coyotes. Bring canned or non-perishable food items in exchange for raffle tickets for a chance to win great Sharks prizes! For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank or to donate online, please visit www.shfb.org.
Each holiday season the Marine Corps Reserve coordinates the Toys for Tots program to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need. The toy collection with the Sharks Foundation is consistently the Marines’ most successful drive in Northern California. The 2014 Toys for Tots Toy Drive will take place at home games on Tuesday, December 9 vs. Oilers and Thursday, December 11 vs. Wild. Bring new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations in exchange for raffle tickets for a chance to win great Sharks prizes! For more information on the Toys for Tots program, to donate online, or to find your local drive coordinator, please visit www.ToysForTots.org.
Each year the Sharks Foundation and the Stanford Blood Center team up for the Save a Life Blood Drive. Hundreds of fans turn out to participate in this donation opportunity, consistently making it Stanford Blood Center’s most successful drive of the year. The 2015 Save a Life Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, January 10 vs. Rangers at SAP Center beginning at 8:00 AM. Donors must register prior to the event on the Stanford Blood Center website. Participants who register to donate blood or sign up for the Blood Marrow Registry are also invited to watch the Sharks morning skate following their donation appointment and will be entered to win great Sharks prizes! For more information on the Stanford Blood Center, and to see when their next blood drive will be held, please visit www.bloodcenter.stanford.edu.
In general, you are eligible to donate if you are at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, are in good health and have eaten prior to donating. For a full list of requirements click here.
From start to finish, giving blood consists of four easy steps: registration, brief medical history, actual donation, rest and refreshments. The entire process lasts about an hour. For more information on the process click here.
Registering for the Bone Marrow RegistryRequirements
In general, donors must be between the ages of 18 to 44, be no more than 25% over the normal weight for your height and age, have no auto-immune diseases, personal history of cancer, diabetes or asthma, and have no hip, neck or back problems.
Joining the Be The Match RegistrySM is easy. All you need to do is complete a registration form with contact and health information, health information and a signed agreement to join the Be The Match RegistrySM. To help you complete the form, bring along a form of personal identification (such as a driver's license or passport) and the contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes. Staff will take a quick swab of cheek cells to be tissue-typed. The results will be used to match you to patients.
Bone Marrow Donation Process
When you join the Be The Match RegistrySM, you are taking the first step to saving a life. You are also making a commitment to be ready to take the next step if a patient needs you. If you match a patient, your commitment to donate is very important, but you have the right to change your mind. However, a late decision to not donate can be life-threatening to a patient. Please think seriously about your commitment before joining the registry. For a step-by-step guide of donation click here.
For more information about the National Marrow Donor Program, please visit www.bethematch.org.