Blood supplies nationwide continue to be at critically low levels.
Summer brings a surge in need coupled with low donation rates as people go away on vacations and fewer businesses and organizations host blood drives.
To help combat this situation, Warner’s Nursery will be hold a blood drive with Vitalant on Friday, September 15 from noon to 5 pm.
Please register today to make your appointment to save a life by giving blood.
“If enough blood is not available at any given moment, delays in patient care can have life-threatening consequences,” Vitalant Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Dr. Ralph Vassallo said. “By making an appointment today and donating tomorrow, next week, even next month, you become a lifeline for patients.”
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.
That’s why your donation is so very vital, particularly while supplies are so low.
Basic Eligibility Requirements to Donate Blood
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Weight at least 110 pounds
- Be in good overall health
- Bring some form of identification
- Eat within two hours ahead of donation
In addition to the good feeling you’ll get from donating blood, there’s some other benefits, including a coupon for 15% off regularly priced items at Warner’s. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Warner’s.
All you need to do to sign up is go to the Vitalant website, click on “blood drive code” and enter the code “P2AFN.”
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, September 15.
Happy Gardening (and Lifesaving),