Giving blood takes less than one hour and each donation can save three lives.
United Blood Services is the only blood provider to almost 70 hospitals across the Dakotas.
Blood supplies across the country remain at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations leading up to the Fourth of July Holiday.
The donor drop-off comes at a time when demand actually increases since summer sees and increase of accidents and traumas. The current O-negative blood supply sits at approximately two-days on hand, which is only about half of the ideal quantity needed to support local patients.
In this month alone, the agency is 5,700 donations short and expect the deficits to continue throughout August.
Monday, July 10: 8:00 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. Additionally, numerous of blood drives are scheduled for the upcoming weeks. 61,000 fewer donations than were needed were reported, prompting a call to collect more blood.
Blood donated in this community helps save the lives of patients in 47 different hospitals throughout New Mexico and the Four Corners Region.
United Blood Services said donors must be 18 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.
As part of Blood Systems Blood Services division, United Blood Services is included in a multi-state system of blood centers. Those who are 16 and 17 years old are eligible to donate with parental consent.