In light of the tragic events on June 30, United Blood Services has decided to dedicate Saturday’s Saving Arizona blood drive in memory of the 19 heroic firefighters lost from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Station 7 crew.
All donors will have the opportunity to write a personal message on a banner that will be sent to the Prescott Fire Department. There is truly no better way to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their community than to save the life of another in their honor. Donating blood is a wonderful tribute and it saves lives.
The Independence Day holiday week is the most difficult time of the summer to make sure Arizona patients have the transfusions they need. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially O-negative, the universal donor. As of Wednesday morning, just 27 units of O-negative remained on the shelves to meet the needs of 58 hospitals statewide - 87 percent below desired levels, UBS officials said in a release.
United Blood Services is asking the public to give blood July 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Saving Arizona blood drive at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
In appreciation for donating at Arizona’s largest blood drive, the first 500 donors will receive a voucher for two Arizona Diamondbacks tickets, and one Saving Arizona donor will be drawn as one of the 10 finalists for a 2013 Volkswagen Passat S.
All donors will also be thanked with a voucher for a free bruschetta from Streets of New York and have the chance to spin the Whataburger prize wheel.
Appointments are recommended to avoid waiting. Call 1-877-UBS-HERO or visit www.BloodHero.com and enter Sponsor Code: SaveAZ.