Spring blood drive underway at UAB

Celebrate spring with the UAB/Red Cross Blood Drive.

donate bloodThe University of Alabama at Birmingham and American Red Cross will hold a spring blood drive from May 2-11 at UAB Hospital and UAB Highlands.

The drive offers free T-shirts for donors, drawings for gift cards and other prizes. All blood types are needed.

UAB North Pavilion, 18th Street and Sixth Avenue South

  • Monday, May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

UAB Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue South

  • Tuesday, May 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 12-5 p.m.

Donors should bring a photo ID. Free parking is available in the North Pavilion parking deck and the UAB Highlands parking lot. Reserve your appointment at www.redcross.org; sponsor codes are UABNP or UAB Highlands.

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, 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.