TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- This January, you can help Arizona’s Family and Vitalant save lives by donating blood at the Saving Arizona Blood Drive.

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The need for blood is at its greatest due to heavy holiday traffic and the high potential for accidents, Vitalant says. To rebuild their depleted supply, the organization is hosting the largest blood drive in the state on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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While all blood types are needed, the biggest demand is for O-negative and O-positive blood types. O-negative blood can be given to anyone in an extreme emergency; and O-positive is compatible with more than 80 percent of patients.

Donors will receive a pizza voucher from Streets of New York and a one-day entry to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Walk-in donations are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment, call 877-25-VITAL or click here.


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