Vitalant Blood Donation July 9

"Leading into the holiday week, supplies have fallen 50% below required levels for O-negative and O-positive blood — the universal blood types that are needed in emergency, trauma and shortage situations."

Hospitals across Arizona are urging blood donors to roll up their sleeves in support of patients around the Independence Day holiday.

Independence Day is the most difficult time of the summer to maintain Arizona’s blood supply. So, to make it convenient for residents to donate, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale has scheduled a blood drive with Vitalant. Banner Thunderbird will accept donors from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 19.

While donor vacations typically reduce the number of people giving blood this time of year, heavy traffic on the highways increases the potential for accidents and the need for blood.

Leading into the holiday week, supplies have fallen 50% below required levels for O-negative and O-positive blood — the universal blood types that are needed in emergency, trauma and shortage situations. While all blood types are needed, the greatest demand is for donors with these types. 

“While we are enjoying holidays and summer vacations, it is important to remember that nearly 600 donors are needed every day,” said Sid Lewis, senior director of donor recruitment for Vitalant’s Southwest Division.

In appreciation for saving lives, all donors will be automatically entered into Vitalant’s summer raffle to win a 2019 VW Passat Wolfsburg Edition, donated by the Valley Volkswagen dealers. For a Glendale blood donation appointment, call 1-877-25-VITAL (1-877-258-4825) or visit bloodhero.com (enter the hospital ZIP code “85306”).

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, in Conference Room 5.