Fleet Farm hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on Jan. 9 at Fleet Farm which helped collect a total of 11 units of blood products for patients in need.

A total of 12 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 11 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive on Jan. 9. There were five people who volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Jacob Blersch, who coordinated the drive.

Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

About 30% of Vitalant’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and 1 in 7 people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that lifesaving blood from Vitalant.

Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero.com or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in Vitalant’s donor rewards program. The next blood drive at this location is planned to be held on Sept. 17, 2020.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history questionnaire the day they donate at vitalant.org.

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