Blood donors needed for holiday blood supply – drive benefits Magdalena residents

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United Blood Services is asking residents to roll up their sleeves to help the community avoid a shortage by donating blood at Socorro Community blood drive on Monday, July 1. This important blood drive will be held from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM at the Youth Center, located at 1002 Ake Street, Socorro.

“We know we are competing against several types of activities during this time of year,” said Charlene Smith, a spokesperson for United Blood Services, “We understand people are busy. However, the need for blood never takes a holiday. Patients in hospitals around the state need blood every day, and are asking the public to take some time to help ensure the right type of blood is available whenever a patient needs it. We have a particularly high need for type O negative donors.”

All donors will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire and United Blood Services will donate one gallon of water per donor to the community of Magdalena. Additionally, the staff at United Blood Services is taking up a collection of bottled water for the residents of Magdalena.

United Blood Services is this area’s only non-profit community blood provider, and serves patients in 45 hospitals in New Mexico and the Four Corners Region. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.

To make an appointment contact Cindy Rivera at 505-340-1575 or Cindy Lam at 575-835-8250. Donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health and have picture ID available.