Desert Financial Arena Community Blood Drive on May 31 Aims for 350-Plus Donors

Editorial & Advertiser Disclosure Global Banking And Finance Review is an independent publisher which offers News, information, Analysis, Opinion, Press Releases, Reviews, Research reports covering various economies, industries, products, services and companies. The content available on is sourced by a mixture of different methods which is not limited to content produced and supplied by various staff writers, journalists, freelancers, individuals, organizations, companies, PR agencies etc. The information available on this website is purely for educational and informational purposes only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of any of the information provided at with respect to your individual or personal circumstances. Please seek professional advice from a qualified professional before making any financial decisions. also links to various third party websites and we cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of the information provided by third party websites.
Links from various articles on our site to third party websites are a mixture of non-sponsored links and sponsored links. Only a very small fraction of the links which point to external websites are affiliate links. Some of the links which you may click on our website may link to various products and services from our partners who may compensate us if you buy a service or product or fill a form or install an app. This will not incur additional cost to you. For avoidance of any doubts and to make it easier, you may consider any links to external websites as sponsored links. Please note that some of the services or products which we talk about carry a high level of risk and may not be suitable for everyone. These may be complex services or products and we request the readers to consider this purely from an educational standpoint. The information provided on this website is general in nature. Global Banking & Finance Review expressly disclaims any liability without any limitation which may arise directly or indirectly from the use of such information.

Every day in hospitals across the country, millions of patients depend on lifesaving blood donations to survive and thrive. But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of blood drives were cancelled due to school and business closures, causing a significant drop in blood donations. With elective surgeries resuming in Arizona hospitals, blood needs are on the rise.

Healthy, eligible donors are invited to the Desert Financial Arena Community Blood Drive Sunday, May 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Desert Financial Arena on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early. Visit here for details, maps and registration. The first 350 donors will receive an ASU/Desert Financial T-shirt in appreciation for giving blood at this crucial time.

Vitalant, Arizonas largest nonprofit community blood provider has partnered to host the blood drive. While there is no inherent risk of contracting coronavirus while donating blood, Vitalant is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Extra precautions will be implemented with regard to social distancing, health screening and sanitation to protect staff and donors.

Donors are encouraged to arrive early. They will be invited to wait in their cars or other comfortable and convenient locations, and alerted just prior to their appointments via text. Masks will be required during donations and provided by Desert Financial. Additional precautions taken during the blood drive include the following, and FAQs can be found here.

  • Temperatures taken at registration; those higher than 99.5 are not eligible to donate
  • Waiting areas will accommodate social distancing measures of 6 feet apart
  • Pre-packaged, single use servings of snacks/beverages available
  • Donors are required to wear masks; Desert Financial will supply for one-time use
  • Masks and gloves will be worn by Vitalant staff
  • Donor-touched areas will be sanitized frequently and after every collection
  • Donations will be taken using sterile, one-time use collection sets
  • Donors arms will be swabbed with an antiseptic for 30 seconds
  • Children and other visitors are discouraged from accompanying donors

Over the past few months, weve been reminded just how much we need each other. Weve been encouraged by the many stories of generosity and acts of kindness across our community, and we encourage those in good health to step up in a big way. Its safe, its easy, and nothing feels better than giving back, said Jeff Meshey, President and CEO at Desert Financial.

Blood donors help Arizona kids like 4-year-old Adelyn who received her 66th blood transfusion on May 6. She was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing red blood cells. Every three to four weeks, she relies on the generosity of blood donors to keep her alive “ a need that is expected to continue the rest of her life. Adelyn has taught us the importance of donating blood, says her mother Kami. We are forever thankful to each and every blood donor.

ASU wants to open its doors for this important life-saving opportunity, says Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Vice President for Cultural Affairs. Connecting the community during a blood a drive is a way for people to give in a powerful way and impact us all.

About Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating 81 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the states largest local credit union with $5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and 47 locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial takes pride in sharing success. In 2019, Desert Financial gave nearly $11M to Valley nonprofits, the community and members. Learn more at

About Vitalant

Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) is a national community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 800,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Vitalant’s COVID-19 efforts, visit

Diane Meehl | 480-651-4654

[email protected]