THATCHER — The American Red Cross is calling on those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood.
The winter season typically sees a shortage in blood supplies, but this year is even greater need because plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 can be used to help those currently battling the virus.
Those who donate this month will be entered to win two tickets to the 2022 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as a chance to win a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to watch this year’s game at home.
There are three area donation opportunities this month:
● Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at VFW Post 10385, 3481 W. Eighth St., Thatcher
● Jan 12, noon to 5:30 p.m., at American Legion Post 28, 51 Frisco Ave., Clifton
● Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Quality Inn and Suites, 420 E. U.S. Highway 70, Safford
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.