Due to low donations and increased patient need, we are urging all eligible volunteer donors, especially those with AB or O blood type, to donate now. Please contact the Blood Center to schedule a time to give at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you as soon as possible. Call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or via our Blood Center Impact App. Thank you!
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Blood Center encourages donations for Memorial Day weekend;Additional donors needed to ensure adequate supply
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) invites all individuals who are eligible to give blood to do so over in the days surrounding Memorial Day weekend. Donations will help ensure the Blood Center’s ability to continue providing an adequate blood supply after the Memorial Day holiday. Walk-ins are welcome, or to schedule an appointment, call MVRBC at (800) 747-5401.
All persons who attempt to donate at MVRBC Donor Centers will receive the Blood Center's summer donor T-Shirt. “We hope donors will wear their shirt with the pride that comes from knowing they’ve made a difference for patients and hospitals in their community,” said Kirby Winn, Director of Public Relations.
As is typical for this time of year, MVRBC has experienced a decrease in the rate of donation due to the Memorial Day holiday and the end of the school year, when blood drives at high schools, colleges and universities cannot be held. The Memorial Day promotion is one of several ways the Blood Center is working to combat this seasonal decline to maintain an adequate inventory of blood products for hospitals in our region.
Amanda Hess, Director of Donor Relations, commented on the difficulties the Blood Center faces during the summer months. “Summer holidays are challenging times for volunteer blood donation. Due to Memorial Day, our Blood Center will miss out on a day’s worth of collections, or approximately 700 units as compared with a typical Monday across the Blood Center's entire service region. "The rate of blood donation may go up and down, but the need remains the same year-round,” Hess said, adding that this weekend, donors may wish to give in honor or in memory of men and women in uniform.
“Blood transfusions are frequently used to treat wounded soldiers,” said Hess. “And we’re proud of our designation as a provider for the Armed Services Blood Program." MVRBC supplies units of blood for military use upon request. "Giving blood in the days surrounding Memorial Day honors the commitment of our servicemen and women to serve our country in areas of conflict around the world," said Hess.
To find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive near you, call MVRBC at (800) 747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org. Walks-ins are always welcome.