CREATED Jul. 2, 2012
LA QUINTA - The American Automobile Association predicts 42.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this Fourth of July - the most Independence Day travelers since 2007.
That activity also means an increased need for blood products, and Desert Blood Services is urging local residents make a lifesaving blood donation before leaving town or upon returning home.
In addition to the satisfaction of helping save lives, donors July 1-31 at Desert Blood Services donor centers and community drives receive (while supplies last) a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.
Walk-ins are welcome; to set an appointment, please call 760.777.8844.
Donor center locations and hours the week of July 4:
La Quinta, 79-215 Corporate Centre Drive: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for whole-blood donations; 11:40 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 6:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for apheresis donations. NOTE: Center hours for Wednesday, July 4 are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Indio, 46-100 Rubidoux St: Starting Tuesday, July 3, hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Upcoming community drives:
Desert Hot Springs:
Tuesday, July 3 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at K-Mart, 14011 Palm Drive
Saturday, July 6 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Albertsons, 42095 Washington St.
Desert Blood Services is a collaboration between LifeStream and Community Blood Bank that provides blood products for Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital, Hi-Desert Medical Center, Palo Verde Hospital, and Bush Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms.
For more information, call 760.710.9362