Glendale will host a Community Blood Drive Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Glendale Civic Center Annex, 5750 W. Glenn Drive, in two waves 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, along with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale’s Employee Wellness Committee and AZ Catering are supporting the mayor’s community event to help build up the blood bank reserves when they typically see the highest need and lowest donations. Vitalant issued a press release Jan. 6 announcing a nationwide critical shortage and urged donors to help those in need now.
“Last year we did a great job of meeting the need, by holding the largest blood drive ever in Glendale,” Mayor Jerry P. Weiers stated, “and I hope to continue that tradition this year with more donations, especially since we found out yesterday there is an even greater need.”
Blood donations help the national blood supply provide direly needed blood components to patients throughout the country. Every day in the United States, patients throughout emergency care facilities need approximately 35,000 blood products per week and in Arizona, local patients need at least 4,200 blood products.
“Your donation really can make a difference in saving lives,” Mayor Weiers stated.
The blood drive participation is open to anyone over 16 (minors must provide guardian signed permission form) and registrations are recommended. Participants can register online at bloodhero.com with the Sponsor Code of “Weiers.”
Registration allows participants to complete some of the necessary forms prior to their scheduled appointment as well as reduce wait time.
Contact Katrina Eaton at 602-770-4675 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.