blood drive seeks donors

Help Arizona firefighters and police officers ensure an ample patient blood supply by donating during the First Responders Unite Holiday Blood Drive. 

Thanksgiving and through New Year’s Eve is the most difficult time of the year to maintain our blood supply. Blood donors of all types are urgently needed, especially Type O, the universal blood used in emergencies and traumas. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit vitalant.org or call 1-877-25-VITAL (1-877-258-4825).

It was the blood already on the shelves that saved police officer Chase McCance who was injured in a nearly fatal crash with a wrong-way driver last New Year’s Day.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, McCance was struck by a wrong-way driver. 

First responders rushed him to the hospital with multiple broken bones and internal bleeding. He required num erous blood transfusions while doctors operated to try to find the source of this internal bleeding. 

He spent more than one month in the hospital recovering from his injuries before he finally went home to welcome his new baby boy in March and return to work on light duty in May. 

“I’ve consistently donated blood throughout my life but never thought I would be on the receiving end,” McCance said. “I’ll always be grateful to the people who donated blood and gave me the gift of getting to see my kids grow up.”

COVID-19 continues to impact Arizona supplies, as virtual workforces have caused the cancellation of nearly 33% of all blood drives statewide. At the same time, hospital blood usage has escalated as patients resume essential surgeries postponed during the height of the pandemic.  

“Holiday blood donors are urgently needed, said Sid Lewis Sr., Vitalant Southwest Division’s donor recruitment director. 

“Because blood has a shelf life of 42 days, donations given in November can help save lives through New Year’s Day.” 

 

West Valley donor centers

The Glendale (18583 N. 59th Avenue) and Goodyear (14270 W. Indian School Road) centers are 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. Fridays. 

 

Glendale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Bechtel Corp., 5323 N. 99th Avenue

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, Encompass Health Valley of the Sun, 13460 N. 67th Avenue

 

8 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 13, Peoria Unified School District, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road

 

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center

 

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, The Bridge Church, 5341 W. Greenway Road

 

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 5614 W. Orangewood

 

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, 18701 N. 67th Avenue

 

7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road

 

Peoria

3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Copper Hills Church, 27035 N. Black Rock Boulevard

 

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Copper Hills Church, 27035 N. Black Rock Boulevard

 

7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, LDS Peoria North Stake, 22034 N. 83rd Avenue

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