MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is seeking additional blood donors in the days leading up to Independence Day.
The center anticipates a significant decline in the rate of blood donation because of this week’s holiday, but patient need will remain the same, putting additional strain on the blood supply. A strong week of donations before the Fourth of July will help ensure the center’s ability to provide an adequate supply through the holiday weekend. Walk-ins are welcome at MVRBC Donor Centers and most mobile blood drives, or to schedule an appointment, call MVRBC at (800) 591-8049.
As an added “thank you” for donating, donors who give during the days surrounding Fourth of July (through July 12) will receive MVRBC’s Summer Donor T-shirt. Beginning July 1, all presenting donors will be entered to win a new lawnmower and $100 gift card (through July 31).
All blood types are needed, but the demand for type O-negative red blood cells and type AB plasma is especially high because these are universal products that can be transfused to patients of all blood types. These types are frequently used to treat trauma victims, who may need to receive a blood transfusion before their blood type is known.
The Independence Day promotion is one of several ways the center is working to combat this seasonal decline to maintain the blood supply for hospitals. Donor Relations Manager Andrea Cole commented on the difficulties the center faces during the summer months.
“Summer holidays are challenging times for volunteer blood donation,” Cole said.
“And with Independence Day falling on a Friday this year, donations will be down on Saturday in addition to the Fourth of July,” she added. “The rate of blood donation may go up and down, but the need remains the same year-round.”
For hours of operation or to find a nearby mobile blood drive, see www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org or call (800) 591-8049. The center will be closed Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, a nonprofit organization, is based in Davenport, Iowa, and provides life-saving blood and blood components to 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, including 17 hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan region. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org.