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Red Cross 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive

Friday, Dec. 18-Saturday, Dec. 19
La Encantada shopping center,
2905 E. Skyline Drive

The American Red Cross will host the 12 Hours of Giving blood drive on Friday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Encantada shopping center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. The blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross and gives area residents the opportunity to help boost the blood supply prior to the holidays.

A seasonal decline in donations often occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions.

By donating blood during the winter months, donors can be part of something meaningful this holiday season – helping patients in need create their own special holiday memories.

“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood,” said Jill Allen, donor recruitment director, Arizona Blood Services Region. “The blood collected at the 12 Hours of Giving drive can help trauma patients, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.”

All those coming to donate will be able to enjoy hourly prize drawings featuring goodie baskets and gift cards including Walmart, McDonald’s and Shell, while supplies last.

Blood donors with all types, especially those with AB, O, B negative and A negative are urged to make a donation appointment this holiday season. Rh-negative blood types are always in high demand because they can be transfused to both Rh-positive and negative patients. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.

Red Cross blood donors also now can help save lives in less time by using the new RapidPass online health history system. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be done online from the convenience of a computer at home or work, reducing the time donors spend at blood drives by up to 15 minutes. To get a RapidPass on the day of a blood donation, visitredcrossblood.org/rapidpass, and follow the instructions on the site.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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