This December, while many turn their attention to seasonal celebrations, nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant asks eligible donors to spare an hour and give blood to support patients in need throughout the holidays. Vitalant is thanking donors who give through Dec. 17 with a $10 gift card in the donor rewards store.
Blood donations typically drop to their lowest of the year during the holiday weeks, but patient needs for blood don’t let up. Donors of all types are needed all month long to maintain an adequate supply. Type O blood and platelets are most critically needed. Type O-positive can help anyone with a positive blood type. O-negative can help any patient and is vital in emergencies when there’s no time to test a patient’s blood type. Platelets are always in demand because they need to be used within seven days. They help stop bleeding for cancer patients, those living with blood disorders or undergoing surgery.
Donors can be as young as 16 with parental consent and there is no upper age limit. There’s no waiting period to donate after getting a flu or COVID shot if you feel well and meet all other eligibility requirements. Make an appointment to give at vitalant.org, use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).