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Arizona Coyotes to host blood drive at Gila River Arena

The Arizona Coyotes will be hosting a blood drive at Gila River Arena, the team announced in a press release on Saturday.

The event will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In order to preserve social distancing, donors are advised to make an appointment online before the event date and will be required to both bring and wear a mask.

Parking will be available in lot G on the east side of Gila River Arena, where donors can enter the arena at the far east door of gate 4.

Coyotes GM John Chayka, head coach Rick Tocchet, forward Brad Richardson and defenseman Jason Demers will be making their donations from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Hundreds of blood drives have been canceled across Arizona over the last two months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Patient blood needs have substantially increased now that elective surgeries are resuming across our state,” Sr. Director of donor recruitment for Vitalant’s southwest division said in the release.

“Every day, patients continue to depend on blood transfusions for surgery, transplants, cancer treatment and ongoing medical needs.”

Those that do choose to donate blood will also receive thank you gifts such as a voucher for a slice of cheese pizza and a drink from Streets of New York, one ticket to a 2020-21 home game and entry into a raffle for a 2019-20 team signed stick.

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