Vitalant has partnered with Valley Volkswagen dealers for its Summer Drive to Save Lives, in which donors will be entered to win a 2021 VW Tiguan 2.0T S.
During the 13th annual campaign, which will run for three months, Vitalant hopes to attract nearly 50,000 blood donors to save lives in Arizona hospitals, according to a release.
Ten finalists, unveiled throughout the summer on AZ-TV, will be drawn to participate in the grand prize ceremony.
Blood donors will help people like Hayley, who celebrated her 21st birthday and graduated from college last month thanks to 95 blood donors. She was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare disease that prevented her body from producing red blood cells.
She relied on the kindness of strangers to provide lifesaving blood transfusions every month at Phoenix Children’s Hospital until she was able to receive a bone marrow transplant.
“Blood donors allowed our daughter to play, jump and laugh like other children — and gave her the chance to grow up,” said her mom, Melana. “They are true heroes.”
“The seven Valley Volkswagen Dealers genuinely believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and do business,” Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen GM Troy Dosch said on behalf of the dealerships. “What better way is there than to support Vitalant in their efforts to make sure there is an adequate blood supply for those in need.”
Vitalant hopes to motivate people to donate more often this summer — to help more patients like Hayley and to earn additional chances to win the 2021 VW Tiguan.
“While donors are generally eligible to give blood every eight weeks, the majority (65%) donate just once a year,” said Sid Lewis, senior director of donor recruitment for the Vitalant Southwest Division.
Vitalant donor centers in the West Valley include 18583 N, 59th Ave. in Glendale, 14270 W. Indian School Road in Goodyear and 5757 N. Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except for Goodyear, which is closed Fridays).
To make a blood donation appointment at one of the centers, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825.
West Valley cities are also holding blood drives throughout the summer.
June appointments include:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 24: Gateway Chevrolet, 9901 W. Papago Freeway
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road
8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 26, Sun City Festival, 26275 W. Morrow Drive
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 18, Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, IHO Bryce Pasco, 3951 W. Happy Valley Road
8 a.m. to noon and 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, Arizona Automotive Institute, 6829 N. 46th Ave.
8 a.m. to noon and 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 24, Arizona Automotive Institute, 6829 N. 46th Ave.
8 a.m. to noon Friday, June 25, Sam’s Club #4732, 18501 N. 83rd Ave.
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, Blue Ribbon Army, 5959 W. Brown St.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27, Camelback Community Church, 7634 W. Camelback Road
1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, Glendale Elementary School District, 7301 N. 58th Ave.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 17, Franklin Pierce University, 14455 W. Van Buren St.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27, Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road
Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 12pm-4pm, VIP Mortgage Peoria, 7747 W. Deer Valley Road, Suite 240
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, Larry Miller Group, 8665 W. Bell Road
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 25, Trilogy at Vistancia, 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd. East
8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 27, Journey Church, 9049 W. Lake Pleasant Parkway
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, New Life Community Church, 8155 W. Thunderbird Road
8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 17, Sun City Visitors Center, 16828 N. 99th Ave.
8 a.m. to noon Friday, June 18, Sun City Visitors Center, 16828 N. 99th Ave.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, Corte Bella Country Club, 22143 N. Mission Drive
Sun City West
8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 15, Arizona Fire & Medical Authority, 19001 Camino Del Sol
4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Community, 17111 W. Bell Road