DPD hosts community blood drive

Sally John of High Desert Veterinary was one of the blood donors at the July 24 community blood drive at the Douglas Visitors Center.

The Douglas Police Department hosted its community blood drive on Wednesday, July 24 at the Douglas Visitors Center.

Going into the drive, DPD PIO Jamilette Barrios had a goal of 28 units of blood being donated.

She reported 29 people registered online but only about half of those showed up.

“The others were walk-ins,” she said. “We also had four people turned away.”

In all, Barrios is reporting 20 whole donations were received, there were three “power red” donations adding up to 26 units, potentially saving 78 lives.

A Power Red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation.

Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused and needed blood component. With a Power Red donation, you can give nearly twice the amount of red cells and help more patients.

Awards were handed out for the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive that was held awhile back. First place in that blood drive went to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office; second place the DPD, and third place went to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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