‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive

UAB kicks off a nine-day blood drive at UAB Hospital and Highlands Hospital.

blood drive sThe University of Alabama at Birmingham and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Dec. 9-19. The drive runs at the UAB Hospital North Pavilion second-floor atrium, Dec. 9-14, and at UAB Highlands Hospital on Dec. 17-19.

All blood types are needed. Donors should bring a photo ID. Free parking is available in the North Pavilion parking deck and the UAB Highlands parking lot. Each donor will be entered for a chance to win one of four $100 gift cards.

Hours at the North Pavilion, 18th Street and 6th Avenue North:

Monday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hours at UAB Highlands, 1201 11th Ave. South:

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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