Crookston community hosted a two day blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on January 28 and 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church which helped collect a total of 75 units of blood products for patients in need.

    A total of 74 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 62 individuals were able to donate January 28 and 29. A total of 13 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 was one donor who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Jeannine Windels, who coordinated the drive, and Noon Day Lions, who assisted with registration and refreshments.

NEW FLYER

    New Flyer hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on January 22 at New Flyer which helped collect a total of 17 units of blood products for patients in need.

    A total of 17 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 12 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on January 22. A total of two donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC). There were five people who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Wendy Ault and Teresa Werpy, who co-coordinated the 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 this location is planned to be held on: April 13 and 14, 2020.

    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