Donate blood today

Both the American Red Cross and Community Blood Services of Illinois say there’s a need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. With the busy holidays in Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are fewer blood drives and donations.

Participating donors at a June 25 community blood drive will not only help save lives in the community by combating a severe blood shortage, but also receive one free admission ticket to Kennywood, valid during the 2019 season.

The blood drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at the New Covenant Church social hall, 1911 Harlansburg Road. The blood drive is being conducted by Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank). Vitalant one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers.

Vitalant supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states, including 50 health care facilities in western Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia and Ohio.

Every day, about 600 people need to donate blood to meet patient needs in these health care facilities. But, that hasn’t been happening.

Blood donations have decreased by more than 50 percent in the past 10 years. In 2017, area donors gave only 47 percent of the blood needed by these hospitals, forcing Vitalant to turn to other cities to obtain

blood.

To schedule an appointment, donors can visit the website vitalant.org and click on the donate button; call (877) 25 VITAL (84825) or download the Vitalant- Pittsburgh smartphone mobile app.

Use group code Q0680009 to register for this drive. Walk-ins also welcome.

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