Blood donations needed for holiday season

Blood donations needed for holiday season
Blood donations are typically in short supply during the holidays, so Vitalant is asking people to donate.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - With the holiday season in full swing, Vitalant is asking for blood donations to make sure everyone’s holiday is bright.

Vitalant says all blood types are needed, especially type O and platelets.

Anyone who donates between Nov. 29 and Dec. 15 will receive a $25 Amazon gift card through Vitalant’s online rewards store.

“My childhood was interrupted by cancer for six long, extremely emotional years. I can say I always knew I wasn’t alone thanks to my generous blood donors,” said Jaziel, a patient who relied on blood donors during his cancer treatment.

To donate, visit Vitalant at 8234 One Calais Ave. or go to vitalant.org to find a mobile blood drive near you. Schedule an appointment at vitalant.org, or call 1-877-258-4825.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to snacks afterwards. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History online the day they donate. Donors must be at least 16-years-old, weigh at least 110 lbs, and be in good health. Additional requirements apply to those who are 22 and younger. 16 and 17-year-old donors must have a signed form from their parent/guardian.

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