Blood drives set for this week around Coachella Valley

Need for new volunteers increases as summertime disrupts normal donor schedules cutting into available supplies

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - Desert Blood Services will hold two blood drives in the Coachella Valley this week.

The schedule:

-- Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. at Desert Hot Springs High School, 65861 Pierson Blvd.  Donors will receive, while supplies last, a keychain and a coupon for two free tacos at Jack in the Box.

-- Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Walmart, 79295 Highway 111, La Quinta. Donors get a $10 Walmart gift card.

All donors also get free cholesterol screenings and physicals.

Healthy people at least 15 years old can give blood, but those 15 and 16 years old must provide written parental consent.

Photo identification is required, and all donors should eat and be well-hydrated before arriving, according to Desert Blood Services.

For more information, call (760) 777-8844 or go to http://www.desertbloodservices.org.

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