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"Blood donors save kids like 5-year-old Nathan who has required more than 80 blood transfusions."

Every month, it takes about 1,250 blood donors to save the lives of kids in Arizona’s two largest children’s hospitals. 

Blood donors save kids like 5-year-old Nathan who has required more than 80 blood transfusions. The Casa Grande toddler was born with a rare disorder that causes his red blood cells to rapidly break apart. Every month, he relies on the generosity of strangers to donate lifesaving blood – a need that is expected to continue the rest of his life. “To all the donors out there, I would like to say that you have gone above and beyond to save my son’s life and the lives of others,” expressed his mother April.  “Without blood transfusions, I would have lost my little boy!”

To make an appointment to transform lives by donating blood, call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825)) or visit Vitalant.org (enter your city or zip code).

West Valley donor centers are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

West Valley locations: 18583 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale; 14270 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear;  and 5757 N. Black Canyon Highway (Bethany Home and I-17), Phoenix.

Additionally, there are various blood drives around the West Valley this month:

Avondale

• 7:45 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 - 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce Street.

• 7:45 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 - 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce Street.

• 8 a.m. - noon Tuesday, March 10, Maricopa County Justice Courts, 10420 W. Van Buren Street.

• 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, March 23,  Larry H Miller Volkswagen, 10205 W. Papago Freeway.

Buckeye

• 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 7, Sun City Festival, 26501 W. Desert Vista Boulevard.

• 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15, Grace Fellowship Church, 1300 S. Miller Road.

• 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, Leaf Verde RV Resort, 1500 S. Apache Road.

Litchfield Park

• 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, March 7,  St. Peter Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road.

Tolleson

• 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, Sigler Wholesale Distributors, 9702  W. Tonto Street.