Media Days Ramps Up Efforts to Increase Winter Holiday Blood Donations

As the winter holiday season goes into full swing, so do United Blood Services’ efforts to ramp up blood donations.  The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the most difficult time of the year to meet patient blood needs.  To prevent a holiday blood shortage, 3TV is launching a campaign with nearly 20 radio stations and the Streets of New York to inspire 500 donors to give blood each day Dec. 23 through Jan. 4.  Donors of all blood types are needed, especially O-negative, the universal blood donor!

Dec 1 – 31:  Give Blood, Get Pizza!
2014-STNY-LogoAll December blood donors in metro Phoenix and the Prescott area will be rewarded with a voucher for a free 14” cheese pizza, courtesy of Streets of New York!  The fifteen-time winner of the New Times “Best Pizza in Phoenix” has partnered with United Blood Services to make sure patients across Arizona have the lifesaving blood transfusions they need this holiday season.  Native Grill and Wings has joined the effort in Northern Arizona by thanking all Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Tuba City and Verde Valley donors with a voucher for a free 10” cheese pizza.  Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, donors will help save patients throughout the most challenging time of the year to maintain our state’s blood supply. 

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3:  Media Days Lifesaving Broadcast @ UBS Donor Centers
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O-neg-sidebar2To prevent a holiday blood shortage, 3TV is launching a campaign with 20 Valley radio stations and the Streets of New York to inspire 500 donors to give blood each day through Jan. 4.  The top reason cited for not donating blood is “No one asked me.”  Participating stations have solved this problem by each adopting two days to ask their listeners to roll up their sleeves at a United Blood Services donor center.  Leading up to each station’s designated day, a combination of community service programming, news stories and public service announcements are planned to increase awareness on the extraordinary need for blood donors during the holiday season.

saveazlogoSun., Jan. 4: Saving Arizona Blood Drive, Tempe Center for the Arts, 7am – 1pm
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The excitement escalates with the grand finale event on Sun., Jan. 4, at the Saving Arizona Blood Drive, where United Blood Services hopes to attract 400 blood donors at the Tempe Center for the Arts to help replenish our state’s blood supply following the holiday season. All donors will be thanked with a voucher for a one-day gate pass to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, courtesy of The Thunderbirds, and a voucher for a complimentary 14” cheese pizza from Streets of New York.  To make a donation appointment at Saving Arizona, CLICK HERESponsored by: Tempe Center for the Arts, 3TV, News-Talk 92.3 KTAR, Arizona Sports Now on 98.7., Waste Management Phoenix Open and Streets of New York.

At the time of year when Arizona’s patient population is at its highest, blood donations are at the lowest.  “We hope to encourage more blood donations while people are focused on the spirit of giving,” said Audrey Jennings, Regional Center Director for United Blood Services/Arizona.  Winter vacations and school recesses prevent many organizations from holding blood drives.  The cold and flu season can also temporarily defer many regular donors from being eligible to give blood.  Jennings added, “It takes a personal commitment to save lives.  If you don’t give blood, who will?”