They state’s nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant is asking blood donors in Arizona to help the state’s critical blood shortage by donating blood.
Vitalant has reported that they are seeing the number of new donors down by 12% year after year. Currently they are putting out a call for help for new donors and those who might not have donated in a while to step up and help. Typically, the state sees the Independence Day holiday week with the lowest donations in the summer.
Currently, there is a critical need for donors with the most transfused blood type O, which has recently dipped to about half of the desired four-day supply, and platelet donors.
Vitalant has teamed up with organizations across the valley to host Arizona’s largest blood drive to help build blood supplies during the Independence Day holiday weekend:
Saturday, July 2
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gila River Arena
If you donate, one lucky donor will be drawn as one of the 10 finalists for a 2022 VW Taos. (+Donated by the Valley Volkswagen dealers)
Sunday, July 3
7 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Tempe Center for the Arts
All donors will receive a Vitalant summer grilling apron and a voucher for a free Whataburger, as well as and tickets will be raffled to the Oct. 14 PBR event at Gila River Arena.
To schedule an appointment to donate, click here or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).