Two Civil Air Patrol squadron buildings in the Phoenix area are scheduled to become temporary American Red Cross blood donation centers beginning on April 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross approached CAP for help when schools, churches and other donation venues closed because of the novel coronavirus.
“Supporting the Red Cross is an ongoing mission for Civil Air Patrol—in this role serving as the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Bob Ditch. “Over the past three years, CAP members, along with their families and friends, have hosted the donation of more than 500 units of blood through CAP’s Operation Pulse Lift.”
Two donation drives are scheduled at two Civil Air Patrol facilities:
- Wednesday, April 15, 388th Composite Squadron, 6575 N Glen Harbor Blvd., Hangar 14, Glendale, 2-7 pm.
- Saturday, April 25, Falcon Composite Squadron, 4730 E. Falcon Drive, Mesa, 9 am – 2 pm
Donors should schedule appointments in advance at the American Red Cross website. The sponsor designation to sign up for these locations is “CAP.” The blood drive at the Falcon Squadron is already fully reserved but the hours may be extended for more donors. Additional dates and locations will be announced as needed.
“Most of our squadrons meet in buildings owned by the cities where they are located,” said Col. Rob Pinckard, Arizona Wing commander. “We are grateful to our partners in the cities of Glendale and Mesa for quickly granting permission for us to use our buildings for this lifesaving mission.”
As a Total Force partner and the official auxiliary of the Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is aligned with First Air Force to rapidly respond to non-military threats domestically when tasked in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance. Partnering with the Red Cross and other state and local agencies as needed is a key role for CAP.