Free pizza, T-shirts for blood donors offered during the holidays

You’ll get much more than cookies and juice during an upcoming blood drive in Tempe that aims to fill a critical vacation need.

Each donor to the Vitalant’s event on January 2 at the Tempe Center for the Arts will receive a free 10 inch Cheese Pizza from Streets of New York, a long sleeve t-shirt, and one day entry to the Waste Management Phoenix Tournament. golf course open in February. The non-profit company provides blood to around 900 hospitals across the country.

According to the nonprofit, fewer people donate blood between Christmas and New Years than at any other time of the year, and this adds to a 33% drop in the total number of blood drives since the start of the pandemic.

“It’s hard to get people to donate this time of year,” said Sue Thew, spokesperson for Arizona Vitalant. “People travel, people are busy. It’s cold and flu season. Not to mention we’re still feeling the effects of COVID-19.”

The nonprofit had 566 vacancies for its Tempe event, but only 206 were filled as of Monday evening, Thew said.

People of all blood groups are needed, but people of type O, which can be substituted for other types, are particularly needed.

The pizza voucher can be used until the end of January at any Streets of New York store, Thew said. Golf tournament admission and t-shirt must be redeemed online after blood donation.

Donations last approximately one hour including a checkup and post-donation relaxation with mandatory refreshments.

Workers, all vaccinatedagainst COVID-19, will ensure a safe distance during the event, and staff and donors must wear face masks, Thew said.

“We are doing everything in our power to make it safe for people,” she said.

If freebies aren’t enough to motivate you, take a look at Vitalant’s social media sites to find out how blood donors have saved the lives of patients like the Phoenix Police Officer. Chase mccance, who was injured in a head-on collision on January 1, and “Adelyne“, a 6-year-old girl with a rare disease who was due to receive her 93rd blood transfusion this month.

The Saving Arizona blood drive will take place on Sunday, Jan. 2, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-in tours are accepted, but participants are requested to make an appointment online at

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