Arizona firefighters

Help Arizona firefighters and police officers ensure an ample patient blood supply by donating during the First Responders Unite Holiday Blood Drive. 

Thanksgiving and through New Year’s Eve is the most difficult time of the year to maintain our blood supply. First responders know first-hand you can’t wait for an emergency to donate. It’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives.

In appreciation for giving blood by Nov. 30, all Valley donors will be thanked with a voucher for one complimentary admission to the Hall of Flame, the world’s largest fire museum. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit vitalant.org or call 1-877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). 

It was the blood already on the shelves that saved Phoenix Police Officer Chase McCance, who was injured in a nearly fatal crash with a wrong-way driver last New Year’s Day.

It was the early morning hours of Jan. 1 when McCance was struck by a wrong-way driver. First responders rushed him to the hospital with multiple broken bones and internal bleeding. He required numerous blood transfusions while doctors operated to try to find the source of this internal bleeding. He spent more than one month in the hospital recovering from his injuries before he was finally able to come home to welcome his new baby boy in March and return to work on light duty in May. 

“I’ve consistently donated blood throughout my life, but never thought I would be on the receiving end,” McCance said. “I’ll always be grateful to the people who donated blood and gave me the gift of getting to see my kids grow up.”

COVID-19 continues to impact Arizona supplies, as virtual workforces have caused the cancellation of nearly 33% of all blood drives statewide. At the same time, hospital blood usage has escalated as patients resume essential surgeries postponed during the height of the pandemic.  

“Holiday blood donors are urgently needed,” said Sid Lewis Sr., director of Donor Recruitment for the Vitalant Southwest Division. 

“Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, donations given in November can help save lives through New Year’s Day.” 

Donors of all blood types are needed for the holiday season, especially O-negative, the universal type used in emergencies and traumas.  To dedicate your blood donation in honor of first responders, register at First Responders Holiday Blood Drive and follow the prompts to make an appointment at any Vitalant Arizona blood drive or donor center.

 

Scottsdale Donor Center

15170 N. Hayden Road, Suite 6

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays to Sundays; and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays

Cave Creek Total Sports Therapy Cave Creek,

4730 E. Lone Mountain Road

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 

Rio Verde Verdes Community,

18816 E. Four Peaks Boulevard

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30,