Created: 10/04/2013 3:55 PM
United Blood Services will be participating in this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with blood drives on October 5, 10 and 11 in the blood mobile parked on Main Street. All donors will receive a limited 2013 special edition Balloon Fiesta blood donor pin.
The blood drives will be operating from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM each day. “Many people get to Balloon Fiesta Park much earlier than the beginning of events,” said Charlene Smith from United Blood Services. “This allows them plenty of time to donate and help others and still be able to enjoy this amazing display of color. Additionally, our blood mobile will be parked there and ready for donors regardless of weather.”
Smith added, “Each year we have a limited amount of special donor pins and we are quite excited about this year’s Balloon Fiesta donor pin. As this is our seventh year of participating at Fiesta, our pins are becoming quite the collector’s item – you can’t get them unless you donate blood so they have even more significant value. We have people return each year specifically for this pin.”
Donors must be at least 17 years in age, in good health and present a photo ID. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO or logging onto unitedbloodservices.org.