United Blood Services of Arizona has been asked to provide blood to help support the military blood needs during the war in Iraq.
Monday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 8, United Blood Services will be in Rim country collecting blood to replenish the supply and to be prepared, should more blood be required here locally, in the State of Arizona or for the troops fighting in Iraq.
So far this year, Arizona hospital patient blood usage has skyrocketed to nearly 18 percent above average. Supplies of type O blood are 83 percent below required levels.Type O is the universal donor used primarily for emergencies and traumas.Nearly 800 type O donors are needed to bring reserves up to an adequate level to meet both Arizona and possible future additional military needs.
Red blood cells have a 42-day shelf life and platelets only five days, so the supply must constantly be replaced.
Your opportunity to show support for the troops and for your fellow man will be from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Payson Blood Drive at the First Southern Baptist Church at 302 S. Ash (contact Bill Lee, 978-0105) or from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the Pine-Strawberry Blood Drive in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine (contact Sharon Weir, 476-6580).