FLAGSTAFF (Jan. 28, 2013) – Thanks to an outpouring of support, the American Red Cross blood supply has been replenished after hundreds of blood drives were canceled because of Hurricane Sandy, but post-Sandy donors might now be eligible to give again, starting this week in Flagstaff.
The Red Cross is holding a blood drive Tuesday, Jan. 29, Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 inside the du Bois Center at Northern Arizona University, located at 306 E. Pine Knoll Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Building 68. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “nau.” Or drop by without an appointment. All blood types are sought, however, people with O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
January is National Blood Donor Month, and since 1970, the Red Cross has celebrated by recognizing and thanking its millions of dedicated donors across the country. National Blood Donor Month comes at an opportune time, as January is a challenging month to collect blood due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses, such as the flu. The Red Cross has four other blood drives scheduled for Arizona over the final three days of January – in Buckeye, Globe, Mesa and Phoenix.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood, most notably cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and people undergoing surgery. And one donation can save three lives. As the country’s largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is committed to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood daily to meet the demands of patients at 3,000-plus hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Individuals who are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health are eligible to donate. A blood donor card or a driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required. For donor eligibility questions, call 1-866-236-3276.