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San Diego Blood Mobile

The next Blood Drive is:

Sunday, August 14
8 am – 1 pm

Reserve an appointment online today.
Limited walk-up appointments will also be available at the bus.

We are hosting our 62nd Blood Drive at Journey!
That’s right, over the past 18 years, Journey has hosted 61 blood drives, collected 1,577 units and touched the lives of 4,731 people! 

Donate and you’ll receive a free donut from Plaza Cafe*.

In the past 18 years, Journey has hosted 61 blood drives, collected over 1,577 units and touched the lives of 4,731 people! That’s amazing! On Sunday, August 14th the San Diego Blood Mobile will be in the Journey parking lot from 8am – 1pm. To continue being an amazing part of impacting our community, make an appointment online to donate anytime between 8am – 1pm. Limited walk-up appointments will also be available at the bus.

Please remind the blood mobile staff to use code MK21 to benefit Mark Kohlenberg or CP20 to benefit little Colton before you donate.

*Collect a coupon at the bus and take it to Plaza Cafe for a free donut.
Same day only. No substitutions. Plaza Cafe closes at 1pm, we recommend claiming your donut before your appointment time.

Currently all blood types are in short supply.

As of July 28, 2021, based on CDC’s latest guidance, San Diego Blood Bank requires staff, volunteers, donors, vendors, contractors, and visitors to wear a face covering, whether they have been vaccinated or not, prior to entering our facilities/mobiles and while donating blood.

There is a face behind every blood donation.

All blood donations from our May 8th blood drive will benefit Mark Kohlenberg, a longtime Journey friend. We’re pleased that this is our 3rd blood drive to help offset Mark’s medical expenses for his MANY blood transfusions that are a vital part of his treatment against Leukemia. 

Mark Kohlenberg was diagnosed with leukemia on August 31, 2021. As with any cancer patient, it came as a complete shock to him and his family. Having a cancer of the blood, Mark has needed countless blood transfusions, along with other blood products such as platelets. This need will continue on and off throughout his cancer treatment.

Mark has been a part of the Journey community since he was toddling around in Kids Ministry. He benefitted from countless children’s leaders and volunteers as he grew spiritually along with growing into a teenager and then an adult. After graduating from high school, Mark became an active volunteer in Encounter (our high school ministry). Throughout his college years, he continued as a volunteer and worked on the Facilities Team. He married his wife Tori in the Worship Center and they have since welcomed a son, Finn who is now 2 years old. Currently, Mark is a mechanical engineer and Tori is a special ed teacher. He is also co-owner of Canteen Coffee Roasters, which is served here at Journey’s Plaza Café.

Experiencing this disease has caused the concept of blood donation and blood donors to become prominent in Mark’s life, as well as in the lives of his family and friends. The slogan, “Give the gift of life” has become reality. He has realized that it is a beautiful and noble thing that one person can give a bit of their “life” in the donation of their blood and it literally saves the life of the recipient.

Please remind the blood mobile staff to use code MK21 when you donate.

Donate in honor of amazing little Colton! 

On December 10, 2020 at age 14 months Colton was diagnosed with Very High Risk B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and his very intensive chemotherapy treatment started the next day. Due to the chemotherapy he is undergoing and will be for the next couple of years, in the last two months he has already received many life saving transfusions of red blood cells, platelets and even proteins from blood plasma to help him stay strong and fight the cancer. He has a very tough road ahead but is one very loved and very strong little boy!

To donate in honor of Colton, use code: CP20

Donate in honor of one of our amazing Journey kids —Greyson! 9 year old Greyson was born with a congenital heart defect and at just a day and a half old he underwent his first open heart surgery. He had his second open heart surgery at six months old and his third at three years old. He has received several blood transfusions and may require more in the future. Greyson is a happy, energetic little man of God. He loves riding his bike and playing with his two sisters.