Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross

Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross
Red Cross blood drive (Source: Red Cross) (Walton, Elizabeth)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in southern Arizona:

PIMA

Green Valley

  • 1/7/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Elks Lodge BPOE 2592, 2951 S Camino Mercado
  • 1/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital, 4455 S. I-19 Frontage Rd.
  • 1/18/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Valley Church - High, 505 N La Canada Dr
  • 1/21/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friends in Deed High, 301 West Camino Casa Verde

Oro Valley

  • 1/13/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7575  N Paseo Del Norte
  • 1/20/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saint Mark Catholic Church, 2727 W. Tangerine Road
  • 1/30/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Canyon Del Oro High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia

Sahuarita

  • 1/5/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., LDS Sahuarita Stake, 16275 S Starlight View LN
  • 1/17/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, 1100 W. Pima Mine Rd.
  • 1/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sahuarita High School, 350 W. Sahuarita Rd.

Tucson

  • 1/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., ADP, 5451 E Williams Blvd
  • 1/4/2019: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.
  • 1/4/2019: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 968 W Irvington Road
  • 1/5/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 8845 N. Silverbell Road
  • 1/6/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
  • 1/6/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saint Pius X Catholic Church, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo
  • 1/6/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. 5th Street
  • 1/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
  • 1/11/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., La Mariposa Resort Fitness Center, 1501 N. Houghton Road
  • 1/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Retreat at Tucson, 1000 E. 22nd Street
  • 1/12/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Voyager RV Resort High, 8701 S. Kolb Rd.
  • 1/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Raintree Apartments, 6450 E. Golf Links Rd
  • 1/15/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., AGM Container Controls, 3526 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
  • 1/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tucson Police Station, 270 S. Stone Ave
  • 1/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross Tucson Headquarters, 3470 E. Universal Way
  • 1/17/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thomas O Price Service Center, 4004 S. Park Ave.
  • 1/17/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, 7350 S. Nogales Highway
  • 1/17/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Banner University Medical Center - Small Drive, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue
  • 1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Edge High School, 2555 E. First Street
  • 1/18/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., BRAKEmax Corporate, LLC, 3945 E. Fort Lowell Road #211
  • 1/19/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 9252 E 22nd St
  • 1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Simons Physical Therapy, 8703 E. Golf Links Rd
  • 1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1825 N Alvernon Way
  • 1/20/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Casas Church, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd
  • 1/20/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Pantano Christian Church, 1755 S. Houghton Road
  • 1/22/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., LDS Tucson East Stake, 6901 E. Kenyon Dr.
  • 1/26/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mountain View Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd.
  • 1/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sabino Springs Homeowners Association, 9777 E. Sabino Greens Dr.
  • 1/27/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View
  • 1/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd
  • 1/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., AT&T, 3286 N. Campbell Services
  • 1/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., IBM Building, 9000 S Rita Road
  • 1/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Conduent Midas Health Analytics Solutions, 4801 E. Broadway Blvd, Suite 200
  • 1/29/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 3601 S. 6th Ave
  • 1/30/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave
  • 1/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.
  • 1/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Arizona State Prison Tucson Complex, 10000 S. Wilmot Rd.
  • 1/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mission Palms Apartments, 951 W. Orange Grove Rd.
  • 1/31/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave
  • 1/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunquest Information Systems, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive
  • 1/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., US Federal Court House, 405 W.Congress
  • 1/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tucson Intl Airport, 7250 S. Tucson Blvd
  • 1/31/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N. Silverbell Rd.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY:

Rio Rico

  • 1/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rio Rico High School, 590 Camino Lito Galindo
  • 1/25/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coatimundi Middle School, 490 Avenida Coatimundi

Patagonia

  • 1/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Patagonia Community Church, 387 McKeown

Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson 7139 E. Broadway Blvd. - Visit www.RedCrossBlood.org for hours

Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207 - Visit www.RedCrossBlood.org for hours

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