December brings the Season of Giving into full focus at United Blood Services when their blood donations normally drop over the holidays due to everyone's busy schedules and added travel plans. "However, our need for blood donations never takes a holiday given we may actually need more blood than normal this holiday season," said Steve Thomas who is the Donor Recruitment Director for United Blood Services in Reno.
"With fewer people donating blood over the holidays some parts of the country run the risk of having critical blood shortages," Thomas continued. To make sure there's a dependable blood supply locally, United Blood Services is asking all eligible blood donors to consider donating at either their Reno, Sparks or Carson City community donation center this month.
United Blood Services provides a free cholesterol screening with each donation. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. To make your appointment easier all you will need to do is log on www.BloodHero.com or call 324-6454.
"While the Holidays are upon us with a drop in blood donations anticipated this holiday season our hospital patients' need for blood is as strong as ever," said Lisa Rogers who is the Fixed Site Donor Recruitment Supervisor for UBS. "You can help to save a life by donating blood today," added Rogers.
United Blood Services of Reno is the sole blood products supplier to 20 hospitals in northern Nevada and they need approximately 150 blood donations every day to meet the increasing demand for their three principal blood products that are red blood cells, platelets and plasma.
"We hope everyone will consider becoming a blood donor if they are not now coming in to donate," said Rogers. "Blood donations are essential for our community's hospital patients and other critically ill people in our community and we know of no better gift to give someone this holiday season than the Gift of Life," stated Rogers.
From United Blood Services