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23rd Annual Matt Johnson Memorial Blood Drive

The Manhattan Beach Fire Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross and the family of Matt Johnson, presents the 23rd Annual Matt Johnson Memorial Event Blood Drive on October 7 and 8. Over the last 23 years, every October, Johnson’s family gathers to honor his legacy by holding a blood drive in his memory.

Matt was a Manhattan Beach junior lifeguard who enjoyed surfing and helping others. At 12 years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He fought the disease for two years until his passing in 2000. Matt’s family, friends and members of the community continue to honor his life by asking the public to give the gift of life and donate blood in his honor.

To give blood in memory of Matt, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code MattJohnson to make an appointment. All those who come to give blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma Oct. 1-20, 2023, will receive a $15 Gift Card** by email.* Eligible donors of all blood types and procedure types at mobiles and blood donation centers – whole blood, platelets and AB Elite plasma, who present to give during the time frame and have an email on file will receive this offer.

Date & Time

October 8, 2023

9:30AM - 4:00PM


Manhattan Beach Fire Department - 400 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266 400 15th Street Manhattan Beach 90266 CA US

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