Blood supplies nationwide have reached a critical shortage.
A surge in need – particularly over the Labor Day holiday weekend – has dried up resources across the country. Vitalant, who we partner with each July to hold a blood drive, just reported that its supply dropped 50% since the start of summer.
That’s part of the reason we are holding a second blood drive – our SOS Blood Drive – next Friday, September 16. Please register today to make your appointment to save a life by giving blood.
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 a $50 gift certificate 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 word “warners.”
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, September 16.