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Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 8:00 am

It isn't pushing someone out of the way of a speeding train, but the end result is the same: If you give blood, you are saving a life.

What the average person gives in one sitting can actually be enough to save up to three lives, and you would have to be like Superman to pull three people away from that same train.

This is the time for people to step up and be a hero, said an employee from a blood donation service, as now is the time that donors are needed the most.

"We see a drop in donors during the holidays," said Danielle Fryberger, donor recruitment supervisor for United Blood Services. "We make a big push for donations right before and right after the holiday season."

The bloodmobile was in the parking lot of Kohl's in Ahwatukee Foothills on Thursday, Sept. 2, and will make several more stops in the area before the end of the year. The closest fixed site is in Chandler, which is open six days a week.

Fryberger said Arizona is lacking in donations and is not a self-sufficient state in that local branches require blood from out-of-state to meet demands.

If knowing that your blood will go to great use is not enough there are other incentives to get people to come out and donate, Fryberger said.

"There is a raffle going on right now for a free car," she said. "We also offer a point program that people can use for rewards."

Donna Gawronski of Ahwatukee Sport and Spine has been donating blood for 25 years. She was inspired to after her young son, whom she refers to as her "miracle child," had to be resuscitated two times in the hospital.

"I wanted to do something to help, at first I wanted to sign my husband up, but he couldn't do it," she said. "Ten minutes in a chair and you save three lives. There's nothing else you can do that's better."

The next time the bloodmobile will be in Ahwatukee Foothills is Sunday, Sept. 12 at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 Thunderhill Place, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Fryberger said that it is best to reserve a specific time to donate, which can be done at www.UnitedBloodServices.og/AZ/, or by calling 1-877-448-4483. The website also gives dates and times for the bloodmobile. The Chandler donor center is located at 1989 W. Elliot Road.

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