Southern Arizona Red Cross needs blood

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson man attacked by his own pit bull is still clinging to life, after receiving more than 60 pints of blood.

That incident wiped out a large part of the Red Cross blood supply. Today volunteers gathered to fix that problem.

"That's why I come, for the coffee and the snacks," said blood donor Courtney Plotmick.

There were lots of smiles Sunday at a Red Cross event where people got poked for a good cause.

"In the summer time the donations are down lower than normal because of people not being in town," said Red Cross volunteer Ron Isaacs.

Congregation Anshei Israel hosts two to three blood drives every year, bringing in about sixty pints of blood, the same amount that went to 61-year old Michael Cook after he was mauled by his pit bull last week.

Now the Red Cross really needs donors to build up supplies.  Connie Eisenman knows how her blood was used to help her friend in an emergency.

"I gave blood right before and I'm O negative and she had a husband who needed the blood and he got it the next day and I was like wow," said Eisenman.

You'll hear a lot from donors about that sense of satisfaction they get knowing they helped someone.

"I feel good about it and grateful more or less that I'm the one that's giving the blood," said donor Lee Surwit.

But last week's dog attack highlights how important it is to store plenty of blood.

"There's always somebody who needs it and if you can give just blood. I mean, you've got blood," said Eisenman.

Each blood donation can provide life-saving assistance to as many as three people, and you never know who might end up needing it.

"I mean it takes about an hour you sit fill out a couple of forms.   Everyone is friendly and everyone is feeling good," said Plotmick.

According to the Red Cross of Southern Arizona, every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.