THATCHER, Ariz. (April 3, 2019) — For the 18th consecutive year, the American Red Cross and Eastern Arizona College are partnering to host the state’s largest Red Cross blood drive Thursday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drive takes place at Eastern Arizona College Activities Center Dining Room, 615 N. Stadium Ave.
Volunteer blood donors have helped make this annual event a great success over the last 18 years. With the help of Eastern Arizona College and Thatcher community donors, the Red Cross has collected more than 7,227 blood donations for patients in need.
National Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge
Not only will this drive help ensure blood is available for hospital patients, but it also supports the national Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge. Honoring the legacy of Cesar Chavez, a native Arizonan, the blood drive provides college students with an opportunity to promote health education, health and science careers, civic engagement and help save lives. As part of the Cesar Chavez Challenge Drive, Eastern Arizona College is in nationwide competition with other registered colleges to collect as many units as possible in order to receive achievements, community support, and scholarship opportunities for student blood drive coordinators.
In order to meet the needs of hospital patients, the Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood donations every day. Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the Red Cross now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this spring.
As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To make an appointment for the blood drive, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code EAC.
How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.