Pizza Hut thanks holiday Vitalant blood donors

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Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) and Pizza Hut are ramping up efforts to increase blood donations around the Memorial Day holiday.

Residents are asked to roll up their sleeves at any blood drive or donor center through May 31 and receive a voucher for “The Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie,” courtesy Pizza Hut. The freshly baked cookie is made with 100% Hershey’s Chocolate Chips, cut into eight slices and served warm.

Blood donations can decline by up to 25% during holiday weeks, but heavy traffic on the roads and highways can increase the potential for accidents and the need for blood. While donors of all blood types are needed, O-negative is always in greatest demand.

To make an appointment, call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) or visit bloodhero.com and enter the city or ZIP code.

Blood donors around the Memorial Day holiday will help kids like Hayley, who will celebrate her 19th birthday on May 31, thanks to 95 blood donors. She was born with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare disease that prevented her body from producing red blood cells. She relied on the kindness of strangers to provide lifesaving blood transfusions every month at Phoenix Children’s Hospital until she was able to receive a bone marrow transplant.

“Blood donors allowed our daughter to play, jump and laugh like other children — and gave her the chance to grow up,” said her mom, Melana. “They are true heroes.”

Pizza Hut staff believe in the importance of supporting the communities in which they live and work.

“When we learned that Arizona patients would require more than 3,500 lifesaving transfusions during the holiday week, we were anxious to get involved,” said Matt Simpson, marketing manager for Hot Pizzas LLC, a franchise of Pizza Hut. “Partnering with Vitalant enables us to become an integral part in saving Arizona lives.”

Blood Drives:

Daily Valley Locations

Chandler Donor Center: 1989 W. Elliot Road, Suite 33 (at Dobson Road)

Glendale Donor Center: 18583 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 113 (at Union Hills Road)

Goodyear Donor Center: 14270 W. Indian School Road, Suite C8 (at Litchfield Road)

Mesa Donor Center: 1337 S. Gilbert Road, Suite 101 (at Hampton)

Phoenix Donor Center: 5757 N. Black Canyon Highway (at Bethany Home Road and Interstate 17)

Scottsdale Donor Center: 15170 N. Hayden Road, Suite 6 (at 83rd Place)