Noon Day lions hosted a 2-day blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on January 28-29 at Trinity Lutheran Church which helped collect a total of 65 units of blood for patients in need.

    A total of 72 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 58 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant 2-day blood drive on January 28-29. A total of eight donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There were eight people who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Ann Longtin, who coordinated the drive, and Noon Day Lions which sponsored the blood drive, as well as others who assisted the days of the drive: Jeannine Windels, Joanne Swanson, Duane Anderson, Tim Motherway, Joyce Chesley, Tom Anderson, Hans Wagner, Betty Arvidson, Lynnette Rocha, and Jerry Amiot.

New Flyer

    New Flyer hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on January 23 which helped collect a total of 21 units of blood for patients in need.

    A total of 17 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 16 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on January 23. A total of five donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There were five people who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Julie Love, who coordinated the drive, and New Flyer which sponsored the blood drive.

UMN Crookston
Student Athletic Advisory Committee

    SAAC hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on February 11 at U of M Crookston which helped collect a total of 44 units of blood and one unit of plasma for patients in need.

    A total of 52 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 40 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on February 11. A total of four donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There were 22 people who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Stacey Grunewald, who coordinated the drive, and SAAC which sponsored the blood drive.

About Vitalant

    Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, strives to keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region.  Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

    Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

    About 30 percent of Vitalant’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that lifesaving blood from Vitalant.

    Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero.com or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in Vitalant’s donor rewards program.

    Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Health History Questionnaire the day they donate on www.vitalant.org