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This holiday give the gift of blood

  • December 08, 2011

UAB and the Red Cross will host a six-day blood drive starting Dec. 12.

blood_drive_storyIn the true holiday tradition of giving, UAB and the American Red Cross will host “Six Days of Giving,” a blood drive to be held at UAB Hospital Dec. 12-17, 2011. Holiday schedules can disrupt normal blood donation schedules and blood is often in short supply at the end of December. 

The UAB/Red Cross drive will be on the second-floor atrium of the UAB North Pavilion, 18th Street and Sixth Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Dec. 12-15 and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17.

Donors will receive a $5 meal ticket at the UAB Hospital food court, and there will be daily prize giveaways. Donors will also be eligible for a grand prize of an iPad 2. Validated parking is available at the Fourth Avenue parking deck. Donors should bring a photo ID. 

UAB is one of the largest users of blood nationally supplied by the Red Cross. Donors can give blood up to six times a year, every eight weeks. The overall process takes about 45 minutes; blood collection usually takes less than 20 minutes.

Blood products are used during surgery, transplantation, trauma care, difficult pregnancies and cancer treatment. It is not unheard of for a single patient to require as many as 100 units of blood.