Sept. 1, 2020 — To encourage more people to become blood donors, Sept. 1 - 7, 2020 has been declared as National Blood Donation Week. New blood donors are needed every day to replace those who can no longer donate. Vitalant has partnered with Dr. Daliah Wachs, syndicated radio personality, to inspire the next generation of blood donors while encouraging active blood donors to continue donating on a regular basis.
September is also National Preparedness Month, which highlights the importance of always having enough blood readily available when and where patients need it. It’s the blood already on hospital shelves that saves lives when disasters hit, like the recent wildfires in the west and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.
Giving blood is one of the easiest ways to give back to your community. Blood helps trauma and burn patients, premature infants, heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients and those fighting cancer, among others. Across the country, Vitalant relies on more than 38,000 donations each week to help these patients heal and recover.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) to schedule an appointment.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements may apply to donors 22 and younger. Donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian (some 17-year-olds may need permission depending on their state or school’s requirements). Learn more about donor eligibility.