LAFAYETTE, LA— Vitalant’s mission to ensure blood is available to patients when it is needed doesn’t stop during the holiday season. Vitalant needs the help of volunteer blood donors to help bolster the blood supply Dec. 15 through Jan. 5. This time of year sees over a 20 percent decline in blood donations, despite blood being used every two seconds in the United States. Blood usage tends to increase over the holidays due to an increase in travel and surgeries. Give blood and be the reason a patient gets to go home to their family.
It’s the blood already on the shelf that helps in an emergency. That’s why it’s crucial for Vitalant to maintain a safe and ready supply at all times. It takes up to 2.5 days to process, test and distribute each blood donation before it is delivered to hospitals. All blood types are needed especially type O, A-negative , B-negative and platelet donations.
Donate blood Dec. 16 through Jan. 5 and receive a long-sleeve “Experience the Wonder” T-shirt (while supplies last). A $500 Amazon.com gift card winner will be drawn EACH DAY Dec. 16 through Jan. 5! Let the best gift you give this year be the gift of life through blood donations.
Donate at the Lafayette donation center, 1503 Bertrand Drive, or at a mobile blood drive near you. To find out more about blood donation and to schedule an appointment to donate visit vitalant.org/seasonofawe or call 877-25VITAL.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at vitalant.org.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.