Valley residents save lives by donating blood

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TEMPE, Ariz. -- You don't have to be a doctor to save two or three lives; all you have to do is roll up a sleeve, take a prick and squeeze some PVC.

“I've been donating since 2005, regularly, to get my blood out there and save other lives,” said Raymond Vazquez, who was introduced to the importance of donating blood after his son got ill and needed a blood transfusion.

Four years later, his wife needed blood while going through a difficult pregnancy.

“It really helps out a multitude of people," Vazquez said. "You don't really know that going into it, but you see it when you're on the other end like I've been."

3TV teamed up with United Blood Services in hopes of getting 500 people to donate blood on Sunday at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Right now, the Valley's blood supply is low.

“Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 are the lowest 10 days of the year for blood donations," said Sue Thew with United Blood Services. "So many people are out on holidays, the schools are closed, the churches have special activities -- we just get hit from every single end."

If you missed Sunday’s event but would like to donate blood, you can do so by heading down to one of six of the United Blood Services donation centers.