As back-to-school and work routines resume, blood and platelet donations have slowed, but the need remains strong.
Vitalant is urging eligible donors to make a blood or platelet donation appointment during National Preparedness Month in September to prevent a serious shortage and ensure blood is readily available for disasters large and small, including the everyday needs patients face.
As a special thanks for donating through Sept. 7, Vitalant will offer exclusive Vitalant T-shirts redeemable by email. To learn more and make an appointment to donate, visit vitalant.org or call 1-877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).
West Valley donor centers are in Glendale (18583 N. 59th Avenue), Goodyear (14270 W. Indian School Road) and West Phoenix (5757 W. Indian School Road at Litchfield Road, Phoenix). The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays to Sundays, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays.
Local blood drives include:
•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 14, Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road.
•8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 19, Christ Community United Methodist Church, 104 W. Western Avenue.
•7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road. Buckeye
•8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 S. Miller Road.
•8 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 20, Desert Hills Baptist Church, 20909 W. Yuma Road.
•3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Summit Community Church, 20555 W. Roosevelt Street.
•11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, Topgolf, 6101 N. 99th Avenue.
•11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center.
•8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, St. Helen Roman Catholic Parish KOC, 5510 W. Cholla.
•9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Avenue.
•10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, Encompass Health Valley of the Sun, 13460 N. 67th Avenue.
•9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, Franklin Pierce University, 14455 W. Van Buren Street.
•8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, St. John Vianney Parish, 539 E. La Pasada Boulevard.
•8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S. Estrella Parkway.
•9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, Trilogy at Vistancia, 27980 N. Trilogy Boulevard East.
•Noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, Culver’s, 8330 W. Deer Valley Road.
•Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, Culver’s, 8271 W. Ludlow Drive.
•7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, LDS Peoria N Stake, 22034 N. 83rd Avenue.
Gov. Doug Ducey has proclaimed Sept. 1 to Sept. 7 as Arizona Blood Donation Week to encourage Arizonans to give blood, especially around the Labor Day holiday, when donations typically drop by more than 25%.
September is also National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder that causes deformed red blood cells. It affects about 100,000 people in the United States.
First-time donors with Vitalant can get a glimpse at their blood type immediately when they donate. Lab confirmation of blood type and other useful health information is available about a week after donation in the donor’s online account.
There is no waiting period to donate after being vaccinated for COVID-19 or the seasonal flu shot. To support a safe environment most efficiently, follow the latest CDC guidance. Masks are required for all donors, staff, volunteers and guests at Vitalant blood drives and facilities regardless of vaccination status.