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Blood drive at Trinity Lutheran brought 34 volunteers, 42 units of blood

Times Report
Crookston Times

    A community blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, was held on September 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston which helped collect a total of 42 units of blood products for patients in need.

    A total of 42 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 34 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on September 14. 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 was one donor who volunteered for the first time.

    Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Gloria Watro, who coordinated the drive, and Crookston Women's Club 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.

    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

    For more information about the September 14 blood drive, contact:

Katie Bartelson

Senior Donor Recruitment Representative

Vitalant

3231 11th St. S., Fargo, ND 58104

(701) 365-8928

kbartelson@vitalant.org