Honor Moms, Get Thanked When Giving Blood this May with Vitalant

Get an Amazon gift card for donating

Staff Report/Colorado Community Media
Posted 5/4/21

Nonprofit blood services provider, Vitalant, is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on …

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Honor Moms, Get Thanked When Giving Blood this May with Vitalant

Get an Amazon gift card for donating

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Nonprofit blood services provider, Vitalant, is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions.

As a token of thanks, all those who come to give May 1 through May 25 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* or a Vitalant ball cap May 26 through June 1, redeemable via email.

Pandemic continues to cancel blood drives while the need increases

More than 200 blood drives continue to be canceled each week because of the pandemic, including about 20 a week in Colorado, but the need for blood has returned to pre-pandemic levels. There is an urgent need for donors to help new mothers experiencing childbirth complications, grandmothers battling cancer, sisters with chronic blood disorders and other patients. Those who receive a Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine can give blood immediately if other eligibility requirements are met.  

Donate for Mothers in May

Colorado resident Lily was familiar with high-risk pregnancies but was unprepared for how the birth of her daughter, Yamie, unfolded in 2019. As a scheduled C-section began, the doctor noticed something wasn’t right and in minutes her husband was whisked away and a team of medical staff rushed in. After doctors gave her eight units of blood products during an emergency hysterectomy, she woke up six hours later, and was finally able to meet her new daughter. “I am an Accreta Survivor thanks to the selfless people who donated blood and saved my life,” Lily said.

All donors can give in honor of a mom in their life in May. Learn more at vitalant.org/donateformothers.

“Trauma and accident victims, cancer patients and those now undergoing previously postponed surgeries may all need blood,” Vitalant Mountain Division Vice President Anne Burtchaell said. “There is an increased need for blood donations as life begins to return to normal for some. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially type O—the most transfused blood type.”

How to Give

To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including social distancing, disinfecting public areas and requiring face masks.

Upcoming Blood Drives:

Open 7 days a week:

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Vitalant Donation Center
541 West Highlands Ranch Pkwy Bldg #2
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, 80129

Thursday, 05/06/2021

Highlands Ranch Everyday Heroes - Gym
Highlands Ranch Northridge Rec Center
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, 80126
Open 9 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday 05/26/2021

City of Lone Tree - Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons St
LONE TREE, CO 80124
Open 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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