In crisis, blood donations needed


POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 4:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:02pm

In times of crisis, blood donation is so important.

Blood banks in Dallas and Austin gave more than 700 units in the wake of the explosion in West, Texas.

"That's why every community must have a strong local blood supply every single day," said Sergio Carrasco, Executive Director of United Blood Services in El Paso and the entire West Texas and Southern New Mexico region.

The local United Blood Services hasn't been asked to contribute yet, but may need to help restock.

"O-negative blood is especially important in emergencies-it can be transfused to anyone if there's no time to do a cross-match", said Carrasco.

If you would like to donate, visit one of the local United Blood Services centers:
424 S. Mesa Hills Dr. El Paso 79912
1338 N. Zaragosa Dr. El Paso 79912
1200 Commerce Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88011

Wednesday 10AM - 5PM
Thursday Noon - 7PM
Friday 8AM - 2PM
Saturday 8AM - 3PM

Other mobile donation sites are available this weekend:

Friday, April 19

Cielo Vista Mall
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Del Sol Medical Center
7:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

EP Police Dept. Pebble Hills
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20

Cielo Vista Mall
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

West Valley Fire Dept
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Comm. of Deming at WalMart

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Cielo Vista Mall
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Cielo Vista Church
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Christ the Savior Church
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WalMart Silver City
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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