In an effort to rebuild local an national supplies, United Blood Services is calling on the community to give blood this week and throughout the remainder of the summer.
Supplies of blood during the summer months are low and United Blood Services is in desperate need of donations right now. "In order to ensure sufficient blood supply to treat patients, including those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, patients undergoing organ transplants, and trauma victims, it is crucial that donors come out and donate as often as possible, especially during the summer".
For example, the current O-negative, the universal blood type, blood supply is about two days or half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs.
As an extra incentive, the blood drive is offering free hamburgers and hotdogs from 11 to 1 today as a gesture of thanks to their donors. "Don't take a vacation from blood donation".
Monday, July 10: 8:00 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. The first responders will be at the drives to recruit blood donors and donate themselves, as well as competing for the public's votes.
There are six United Blood Service donation centers in the Valley, with locations in Phoenix, Chandler, Glendale and Scottsdale. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 23 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed UBS form/permission from a parent or guardian.