Desert Financial Arena Community Blood Drive on May 31 Aims for 350-Plus Donors

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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2020--

Every day in hospitals across the country, millions of patients depend on lifesaving blood donations to survive and thrive. But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of blood drives were cancelled due to school and business closures, causing a significant drop in blood donations. With elective surgeries resuming in Arizona hospitals, blood needs are on the rise.

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Your donation of blood helps kids like 4-year-old Adelyn, who just had her 66th blood transfusion. (Photo: Business Wire)

Healthy, eligible donors are invited to the Desert Financial Arena Community Blood Drive Sunday, May 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Desert Financial Arena on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early. Visit for details, maps and registration. The first 350 donors will receive an ASU/Desert Financial T-shirt in appreciation for giving blood at this crucial time.

Arizona’s largest nonprofit community blood provider has partnered to host the blood drive. While there is no inherent risk of contracting coronavirus while donating blood, Vitalant is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Extra precautions will be implemented with regard to social distancing, health screening and sanitation to protect staff and donors.

Donors are encouraged to arrive early. They will be invited to wait in their cars or other comfortable and convenient locations, and alerted just prior to their appointments via text. Masks will be required during donations and provided by Desert Financial. Additional precautions taken during the blood drive include the following, and FAQs can be found

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Blood donors help Arizona kids like 4-year-old Adelyn who received her 66 th blood transfusion on May 6. She was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing red blood cells. Every three to four weeks, she relies on the generosity of blood donors to keep her alive – a need that is expected to continue the rest of her life. “Adelyn has taught us the importance of donating blood,” says her mother Kami. “We are forever thankful to each and every blood donor.”

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About Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating 81 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest local credit union with $5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and 47 locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial takes pride in sharing success. In 2019, Desert Financial gave nearly $11M to Valley nonprofits, the community and members. Learn more at .

Vitalant ("Vye-TAL-ent") is a national community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across . Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant's 800,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Vitalant's COVID-19 efforts, visit

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CONTACT: Diane Meehl | 480-651-4654

Diane.Meehl@desertfinancial.com

KEYWORD: ARIZONA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

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