University of Minnesota Crookston hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on October 1 in the Sargeant Student Center which helped collect a total of 38 units of blood products for patients in need.

    A total of 41 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 34 individuals were able to donate at the UMN Crookston Vitalant blood drive. 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 12 people who volunteered for the first time.

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

NEW FLYER

    New Flyer hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on October 2 at New Flyer which helped collect a total of 15 units of blood products for patients in need.

    A total of 16 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 13 individuals were able to donate at the New Flyer Vitalant blood drive. A total of two 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 two people who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to  Wendy Ault, who coordinated the drive, as well as Teresa Werpy, who assisted the day of the drive.

CLIMAX

    Climax community hosted a blood drive with Vitalanton September 27 at Climax Community Center which helped collect a total of nine units of blood products for patients in need.

    A total of 15 individuals volunteered to donate blood and eight individuals were able to donate at the Climax Vitalant blood drive. One donor 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 four people who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Karen Thoreson, who coordinated the drive, and Minnesota Honor Society which sponsored the blood drive.

    Vitalant 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. The next blood drive at UMN Crookston is planned to be held on February 10, 2020, the next blood drive at New Flyer will be held on January 22, 2020, and the next blood drive in Climax will be held on December 20, 2019.

    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