Our sixth annual "Give 2 Live" Blood Drive is today! We'll set up at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa until 7pm.
Thanks to support from the community, this event has grown every year since it began in 2008.
Last year's event at the Atlantis was our best yet. We collected 177 units of blood.
And this year, for the first time, you can fill out the health history questionnaire online ahead of time. That way you can jump the line and donate faster. Just go to https://edhq.unitedbloodservices.org/
Lindsey Baker says even though donations tend to slip a little during the summer months that doesn't mean the demand goes down. She says it can even spike a little during peak travel months when more people are on the roads. "We definitely are trying to replenish our blood supplies, especially after the Fourth of July holiday week. We did see decreased donations, and so that's the reason why we have events like Give 2 Live."
Donating blood takes about an hour, and having an appointment can save time.
To make one, call 785-6623 or go to
United Blood Services' coordinator Liz McFarland says they still have lots of spots open despite a record number of appointments this year!
Everyone had a different reason for donating their time – and blood today.
Here are just a few that we heard.
"It feels good, like you're doing a good deed without any effort. It's simple," Linda Stetzell told us.
Phil Collignon said, "So I can save a life or two or three. I don't have money, but I have blood."
Frank Shields added, "It's easy for me. Some people have trouble giving, so that's why you don't have everybody doing it."
One lady didn't realize she could donate until recently because she has Type 1 diabetes. "If I can do something small, because there are a lot of restrictions with my diabetes, so I might as well do what I can," says Amber Schuster.
"Especially the deal with the baby you showed on the news yesterday and then I didn't know about your husband until I donated last year."
Kristen Remington's husband, Leonard, also came out to show his support. While he, like many cancer survivors, cannot give blood, he can give thanks. That's exactly what he did – because now – exactly one year after finishing treatment, he's able to shake hands with the very people who helped get him through treatment for leukemia. "You never know when you're going to need blood and obviously we were put into a situation and folks like these people - they saved my life. So I just wanted to give thanks and shake their hands and encourage people to come down because they really are saving lives."
One person who has already benefitted from donations is two-month-old JP Rammel. He's already received two blood transfusions.
He was born with a rare blood disorder that makes his body fight his own blood cells. It's likely he'll grow out of it, but until then - your donations are not only giving JP strength -- but his family too.
"Now I have 2 children and my husband and I who are going to enjoy this little boy because somebody took the time to go down and give blood. So, I guess my message would be - please make an appointment or please go down and donate because it does change lives," says mother Amanda Rammel.
We hope to see you there! And thanks for your donation!