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"Vitalant is urging blood donors to roll up their sleeves in support of patients by hosting numerous blood drives throughout the West Valley and in Peoria."

Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country.

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.

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.

O-negative and O-positive are 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.

So, Vitalant is urging blood donors to roll up their sleeves in support of patients by hosting numerous blood drives throughout the West Valley and in Peoria.

Those who donate through Friday, September 6, will be entered to win a 2019 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition donated by the Valley Volkswagen dealers.

Here are Vitalant’s upcoming

local blood drives:

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, August 1, Westbrook Village Pickleball Club, 18823 N. Country Club Parkway (Bloodmobile)

• 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 2, Sardella’s Pizza and Wings, 8278 E. Lake Pleasant Parkway (Bloodmobile)

• 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 4, St. Charles Borromeo, 8615 W. Peoria Avenue (St. James & St. Andrews classrooms)

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, August 9, Arrowhead Lexus, 9238 W. Bell Road (Bloodmobile)

• 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 10, Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen, 8801 W. Bell Road (Bloodmobile)

• 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 24, The Laughton Team, 8631 W. Union Hills Drive (Bloodmobile)

• 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Avenue (Practice gym)

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, Cardinale Way Mazda Peoria, 8424 W. Bell Road (Bloodmobile)

• 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 1, Culver’s Peoria, 8271 W. Ludlow Drive (Bloodmobile)

• 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 1, Culver’s Deer Valley, 8330 W. Deer Valley Road (Bloodmobile)

For a blood donation appointment, visit bloodhero.com (enter city or ZIP code) or call 1-877-25-VITAL

(1-877-258-4825).