According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States is in need of blood. With this in mind, the Salt River Fire Department, in collaboration with United Blood Services, hosted a blood drive in the SRFD parking lot on Thursday, December 17. The Bloodmobile was visible from Osborn Road and presented an opportunity for bystanders and good Samaritans to donate blood during this holiday season.
SRPMIC Wellness Program Supervisor Andrew Weiler was one of many who donated blood. When asked why he was donating, his response was, ďOne of my best friends, Dave Thomas, passed away last year. He got about 100 units of blood before he passed away. Itís a crucial need, and we donít really realize it until it hits home for us, especially with someone we know and love. My goal has always been to replace those 100 units.Ē
For their generosity, those who donated blood received a voucher for a free pizza donated by Streets of New York.
For more information about the blood drive, contact the SRFD at (480) 362-2708.