Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant is urging all eligible donors to help curb a critical blood shortage with a special thank you to all who give: a $6 prepaid gift card to spend on a gallon of gas or whatever they wish, plus a chance to win one of five, $3,000 prepaid gift cards*.
“The number of blood donors continues to drop, but patients rely on volunteer donors every day for their lifesaving treatments,” said Vitalant Senior Vice President Cliff Numark. “Especially these next few weeks, while many schools are out and people are taking vacations, it’s vital that people donate, to ensure all patient needs can be met.”
All blood types are needed to alleviate this critical shortage, especially O positive and O negative. Type O positive can be used almost as widely as O negative, which is the universal type that can be used for any patient.
Donors don’t need to know their blood type. In fact, new blood donors** can learn their preliminary blood type during their first visit, and all donors can see their lab-confirmed blood type in their secure and confidential online account within two weeks of donating.
Donors who meet all eligibility requirements can be as young as 16 with parental consent, and there is no upper age limit. Masks are optional for staff, donors and visitors except where required by local regulations or blood drive host.
*Terms and conditions apply. See vitalant.org/augustappreciation for official rules.
**Not available in Nevada due to state restrictions.