Please mark your calendars for Friday, July 2 and start the Independence Day holiday weekend right by saving a life.
That’s when Warner’s Nursery will be having its annual summer blood drive in the safe and super comfy Vitalant bus in our parking lot.
This has been a long-standing tradition with us and we typically host it in the summer for one very important reason: It’s when donations are most needed.
You see, every summer, blood donations dry up. Throughout the country, blood banks tend to experience a drastic decline in donations when it gets hot, primarily because of vacation schedules.
But the need for blood never takes a break.
It’s estimated that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of blood. And the blood that is donated doesn’t have a long shelf life: platelets (critical for people with clotting problems, cancer or undergoing major surgery) are only good for about five days and red blood cells (needed for acute blood loss or transfusions) only last for about 42 days.
In addition to the good feeling you’ll get from donating blood, there’s some other benefits. Blood donors will receive a voucher for a free pint of frozen custard (yum) and they’ll be entered into two drawings: one for a 2020 VW Tiguan S and for one of two $50 Warner gift cards.
All you need to do to sign up is go to the Vitalant website, click on “blood drive code” and enter the word “warners.”
As I’m writing this, there are only a few afternoon slots available for giving blood during our drive. Even if we are all full up, however, you still can donate in the Flagstaff area at one of the three other blood drives happening in the next couple of weeks. It’s not important where you give; it’s important that you give.
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, July 2.