El Pasoans asked to donate blood ahead of Harvey’s landfall

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The United Blood Services is calling on El Paso and Las Cruces residents to help donate blood in anticipation of an increased need across the Rio Grande Valley due to Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey is expected to make landfall overnight as a Category 3 storm with potential for deadly flooding across the state. Due not only to the inclement and dangerous weather, but also due to the fact that blood drives in the area are put on hold while the weather event is ongoing, UBS anticipates an increased need.

“Our hearts and prayers go out everyone in the storm’s path”, said Carla Alexander, Marketing & Communications Manager with United Blood Services, the non-profit community blood service provider for all of the Rio Grande Valley, West Texas and New Mexico. “As a unified blood provider, we want to insure that blood is available to our neighbors in this time of need. If you are able, please consider donating blood.”

Donors can donate at UBS donor centers in El Paso on the East Side at 1338 N. Zaragoza, on the West Side at 424 S. Mesa Hills Dr., or in Las Cruces at 1200 Commerce Dr.

Those who wish to donate may call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit www.bloodhero.com to make an appointment to give.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at www.bloodhero.com.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

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