St. Anne’s Catholic Church will be hosting a blood drive this Saturday to help raise funds for Eden Miranda’s hospital bills in addition to supplying much-needed blood to the Delta Blood Bank in Stockton.
Miranda, 9, is a survivor of a crash that killed six members of his family on Oct. 22.
Volunteer Lynn Macdonald said she is expecting as many as 150 donors to come to the church, located at 215 W. Walnut St., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Macdonald said scheduled appointments are recommended, and that about 50 people have requested to give blood.
Although appointments are encouraged, walk-ins will be welcome, she said.
“I just feel like there’s a need to help out financially,” Macdonald said. “So many people have come out to support (Eden) in the last few months, and this day really becomes a healing process for those want to help out.”
The Miranda family had just left Lodi Middle School at about 5:20 p.m. the day of the crash after picking 12-year-old Irvin Miranda up from an after school program there.
According to Lodi police, their Ford F-150 pickup truck was struck by an SUV driven by 28-year-old Ryan Morales at the corner of Ham Lane and Vine Street. Police arrested him after he spent two weeks in a medically induced coma following the crash.
Morales is being held in the medical ward of San Joaquin County Jail facing 14 felony charges, including six counts of murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 27, 2014.
Eden Miranda was released from the University of California, Davis Medical Center last month.
St. Anne’s was also the site of the Miranda family funeral on October.
Macdonald said that for every pint of blood donated Saturday, Delta Blood Bank will donate $10 toward Eden Miranda’s medical bills.
This is not the first community blood drive Macdonald has helped manage.
In 2006, Macdonald helped organize a blood drive for Lauren Ishii, a then-17-year-old Tokay High School student battling leukemia.
Macdonald said the 2006 drive, which lasted from 3 to 11:30 p.m. and drew some 200 donors, raised about $1,500 through Delta Blood Bank. The money was also used to help Ishii pay for medical expenses.
“It’s just amazing,” Macdonald said. “I can’t put into words the support and hearts this community has when it comes to helping others.”
While Macdonald is hoping for some 150 donors Saturday, she said volunteers will accept as many people as possible who want to donate.
You must weigh more than 110 pounds and be older than 17 to donate. If you are 16 years old and want to donate, you must have permission from a parent or guardian, Macdonald said.
In addition, donors should not have recent tattoos or piercings, or be fighting a cold, flu, sore throat or other infection.
For a complete list of eligibility requirements, visit www.deltabloodbank.org/donate/d/eligibility.html.
“I just hope people will look inside their hearts, come out and show Eden their love and support,” Macdonald said. “Lodi is an awesome town when it comes to helping each other out.”