County blood drive scheduled for Friday, April 8

County blood drive scheduled for Friday, April 8

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Doña Ana County’s annual spring blood drive will be held Friday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the main rotunda of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.

Several appointments have been scheduled at 20-minute intervals, but walk-ins also will be welcome.

The spring blood drive is one of three coordinated each year at the Doña Ana County Government Center. Each drive historically results in the donation of about 30 pints of blood, which United Blood Services distributes to area medical facilities.

Donors will receive a movie ticket, a snack and some juice. Giving blood normally takes less than an hour, and the results save lives throughout our region. The staff at United Blood Services screens each applicant and then allows qualified donors to take a seat in one of the comfortable recliners where the donations are processed.

All materials used in the donation process are sterile and disposable. Donors cannot contract any blood-borne disease by giving blood. All donated blood is typed to determine the A-B-O group and the Rh factor and then tested for safety, including a test for the HIV virus. Tainted blood is not distributed.

Most units of accepted blood are separated into several components, allowing one donation to help several people.

For more information, or to determine which appointment slots remain available, call Janine Divyak at 525-6130.

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