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Vitalant: Donors Urged To Give Thanks for Good Health by Giving Blood
Lifesaving transfusions don’t stop for the holidays
Nov. 1, 2022 — This November, nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant is urging all eligible donors to schedule a blood donation to help ensure all patients have blood available to them in their time of need.
Fewer people donate during the Thanksgiving and winter holiday weeks than any other time of year, but every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And sometimes, it requires many donors to help just one patient. Recently, a mom needed 87 red cell, platelet and plasma products at a Vitalant-supported hospital following severe complications when giving birth.
Blood donors with all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are critically needed. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and type O-negative is what emergency room physicians reach for because it can be transfused when there’s not time to determine a patient’s blood type. Platelets must be used within a week of transfusion and are critical to stop bleeding.
To check eligibility and make an appointment visit vitalant.org, download and use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). As a special thank you, when you use the Vitalant app to make and keep a donation appointment during November, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of five, $500 prepaid gift cards.
Learn more at vitalant.org/app.
There is no waiting period to donate after receiving an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine or seasonal flu shot.
Then, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.