DOÑA ANA COUNTY SETS BLOOD DRIVE FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 16

DOÑA ANA COUNTY SETS BLOOD DRIVE FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 16

Doña Ana County employees and the general public will have the opportunity to give blood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces.

Each holiday season, blood reserves reach critical levels. Doña Ana County’s employees invite the entire community to join with us to give the gift of life.

Giving blood is a simple act of community compassion and involvement. The whole process normally takes less than an hour, but the benefits save lives in our region. The staff at United Blood Services is well trained and professional.

They screen each applicant with a simple questionnaire and then allow qualified donors to take a seat in one of the comfortable recliners where the donations are processed.

All materials used in the donation process are sterile and disposable. You cannot contract any blood-borne disease by giving blood. All donated blood is typed to determine the A-B-O group and the Rh factor and then tested for safety, including a test for the HIV virus. Tainted blood is not distributed. Most units of accepted blood are separated into several components, allowing one donation to help several people.

To make an appointment for a screening and donation, call first at (505) 525-6130. Each donor will receive a cookie and some juice, along with promotional materials to show to family and friends who might consider making a donation.

The elected officials, management and staff of Doña Ana County send out warm wishes this holiday season for a safe and joyous time with family and friends. During the last-minute hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday – the gift buying and decorating – please take a few minutes to make an appointment for Jan. 16 to give the greatest gift of all to someone in your community.

Happy holidays.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.