Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions. As a token of thanks, all those who come to give May 1 through May 25 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* or a Vitalant ball cap May 26 through June 1, redeemable via email.
Pandemic continues to cancel blood drives while the need increases
More than 200 blood drives continue to be canceled each week because of the pandemic, but the need for blood has returned to pre-pandemic levels. There is an urgent need for donors to help new mothers experiencing childbirth complications, grandmothers battling cancer, sisters with chronic blood disorders, and other patients. Those who receive a Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine can give blood immediately if other eligibility requirements are met.
New mom’s life saved by blood donors
Emily Peters was one of the patients whose life was saved by blood donors. Fifteen minutes after delivering a baby girl named Lucy, Emily experienced an arterial bleed, was rushed to surgery, and received 32 blood components. “I pretty much died and was saved by blood donors,” she said. Watch Emily’s Mother’s Day story here.
“Trauma and accident victims, cancer patients, and those now undergoing previously postponed surgeries may all need blood,” said Cliff Numark, chief of marketing and senior vice president of donor services with Vitalant. “There is an increased need for blood donations as life begins to return to normal for some. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially type O—the most transfused blood type.”
How to Give
To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients, and staff, including social distancing, disinfecting public areas and requiring face masks.
Upcoming Blood Drives
Baton Rouge: May 3-5, 2021 — Scotlandville Interfaith Health Ministry Drive at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (1565 Curtis Street, Baton Rouge LA 70807)
• Monday, May 3 — 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 4 — 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 5 — 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
Lafayette: May 12, 2021 — KXKC Summer Kick-Off at the Walmart in Broussard (123 St. Nazaire Road, Broussard LA 70518) — 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.