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Vitalant Hosts three-day blood drive with the City of Lake Charles and Waitr

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 5:50 AM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - While the ice storm last month caused water issues for many, for blood provider Vitalant, it led to a shortage of blood donations.

Vitalant has buses around the lake area this week after the winter weather forced them to cancel scheduled drives, costing them more than 1,500 uncollected units.

“We had scheduled drives, but it was unsafe for our community to go out, it was unsafe for our busses to go out, there was no way we could ask someone to risk their lives to donate blood on those days,” said Brittany Simon, the Donor Recruitment Representative for Vitalant.

Partnering with the City of Lake Charles and Waitr, Simon says your donation could go a long way in saving someone’s life.

“Lake Charles is so strong, always so resilient,” she added. “With everything that’s come at them, they always showed up and this is a great way to participate and give life. You can save up to 3 lives with just one donation.”

While Vitalant is asking everyone to donate regardless of their blood type, she stresses a critical need for type O blood.

“We are the trauma providers as well here locally, so the trauma patients, whenever someone does not know their blood type, they can grab that type O blood to take care of an emergency situation until they realize what their blood type is.”

Simon says they are offering free COVID-19 antibody testing for those who donate, along with a few goodies and a gift card for free delivery from Waitr.

On Thursday, they will be at College Oaks Rec Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on, Friday you can make an appointment to give blood at the Henry Heights Rec Center.

More information is available here!

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