Vitalant is urging blood donors to roll up their sleeves in support of patients around the Independence Day holiday.
Independence Day is the most difficult time of the summer to maintain Arizona’s blood supply.
So, to make it convenient for residents to donate, Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear, has scheduled a blood drive with Vitalant. Abrazo West will accept donors from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the second-floor conference room.
CantaMia Active Adult Community, 17700 W. Star Point Drive, Goodyear, has also scheduled a Bloodmobile from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, July 5.
And Goodyear has a donor center at 14270 W. Indian School Road. It is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
While donor vacations typically reduce the number of people giving blood this time of year, heavy traffic on the highways increases the potential for accidents and the need for blood. Leading into the holiday week, supplies have fallen 50% below required levels for O-negative and O-positive blood — the universal blood types that are needed in emergency, trauma and shortage situations. While all blood types are needed, the greatest demand is for donors with these blood types.
“In addition to the typical summertime drop in donations, fewer donors are available because of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday,” said Sid Lewis, senior director of donor recruitment for Vitalant’s Southwest division. “This holiday week, celebrate by giving blood and doing something good for others — and yourself.”
Vitalant is the nation’s second-largest community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood.
Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 780,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more.