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Every month, it takes about 1,250 blood donors to save the lives of kids in Arizona’s two largest children’s hospitals. 

Blood donors save kids like 5-year-old Nathan who has required more than 80 blood transfusions. The Casa Grande toddler was born with a rare disorder that causes his red blood cells to rapidly break apart. Every month, he relies on the generosity of strangers to donate lifesaving blood – a need that is expected to continue the rest of his life. “To all the donors out there, I would like to say that you have gone above and beyond to save my son’s life and the lives of others,” expressed his mother April.  “Without blood transfusions, I would have lost my little boy!”

To make an appointment to transform lives by donating blood, call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825)) or visit Vitalant.org (enter your city or zip code).

West Valley donor centers are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

West Valley locations: 18583 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale; 14270 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear;  and 5757 N. Black Canyon Highway (Bethany Home and I-17), Phoenix.

Additionally, there are various blood drives around the West Valley this month:

Avondale

• 7:45 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 - 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce Street.

• 7:45 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 - 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce Street.

• 8 a.m. - noon Tuesday, March 10, Maricopa County Justice Courts, 10420 W. Van Buren Street.

• 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, March 23,  Larry H Miller  Volkswagen, 10205 W. Papago Freeway.

Buckeye

• 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 7, Sun City Festival, 26501 W. Desert Vista Boulevard.

• 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 S. Miller Road.

• 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, Leaf Verde RV Resort, 1500 S. Apache Road.

Litchfield Park

• 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 7,  St. Peter Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road.

Tolleson

• 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, Sigler Wholesale Distributors, 9702  W. Tonto Street.