Desert Vista blood drive
In January, DV junior Timothy Lee gives blood for the first time at a blood drive sponsored by the Key Club. A record 200 students donated blood. Brian Johnson/AFN

Desert Vista is asking community members to show their support and give blood for a good cause.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, United Blood Services will be on campus from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. taking blood from students, parents, teachers and community members. Walk-ins are welcome as they try to the fill the remainder of the 180 total openings.

Student organizer and DV Key Club President Sophie Opich said efficiency will be at an all-time high due to the fact they had to cut one of their three blood drives this year. This year there will only be two, one in September and one in April.

"We work more efficiently every event, but this year, because we cut one back, we really have to step it up," she said. "People will be able to get in and out with ease. There will be a lot of volunteers helping in every area."

United Blood Services is unique in that all the blood donated within Arizona stays here.

"They were all very nice and helpful in getting this event set up," Opich said of the staff at United Blood Services. "With them and our student volunteers I think we have a really good team this year."

She asked those interested in donating blood to send an e-mail with their information to, or sign up online at Click "Donate Blood" and search "thunder" for the sponsor code. The event is located in the small gym, 16440 S 32nd St.

Desert Vista graduate and Arizona State freshman Alix Parker, 18, recently won the 2010 Spirit of Giving Scholarship from United Blood Services for her work in organizing this event last year.

On Sept. 6, Parker was invited to Chase Field and awarded $1,000 before the start of an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Parker, unable to donate blood herself because of a hereditary disease, saw working with the organization as a way to do her part, which she did for the last three years she was at Desert Vista.

"Recruiting hundreds of people was me doing my part for (United Blood Services)," she said.

She was originally turned on to the idea when an event coordinator from the organization spoke at her school about the impact donating blood can make.

"Her passion really sparked my interest and made me want to do whatever I could," she said.

Parker is taking that spark and will try to turn it into a career. As a freshman at ASU, she is studying business marketing.

"I want to do something similar to running a blood drive," she said. "I like the idea of getting people to help out others that are in need."

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