Due to critically low blood supplies across the state, Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is encouraging anyone who can to donate blood.
During January, there are several blood drives here in Valencia County, eliminating the need to drive to Albuquerque to donate.
Donors can go to any of the drives with or without an appointment, although donors with appointments take priority.
Call or text at Selina Robinson at 505-357-4094 to make an appointment.
January blood drives in Valencia County:
• 12:30-3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11: Smith’s Grocery, 2580 Main St. NE, Los Lunas (Look for the mobile donation unit.)
• 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Don Diego Parish Hall, 7 Church Loop, Tomé
• 1-4:45 p.m., Sunday. Jan. 13: Starlight Cinema, 2226 Sun Ranch Village Road, Los Lunas (Look for the mobile donation unit.)
• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19: Calvary Chapel Rio Grande, 19381 N.M. 314, Belen
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27: Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Old Parish Hall, 101-A N. 10th, Belen
• 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27: First Baptist Church, 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd., Bosque Farms (Look for the mobile donation unit.)
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