Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

Winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel, resulting in over 9,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations in the first two weeks of March. No matter the weather, the need for blood to help cancer patients, those undergoing surgeries, trauma patients and others remains.

The American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Region hosts a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 6 at its offices, 4747 N. 22nd St., Suite 100. A drive also will take place 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Arizona State DES Building, 4000 N. Central Ave.

Make an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).



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