Vitalant needs blood donations to recover from this week’s blizzard

RAPID CITY, S.D. – In the aftermath of this week’s severe weather, Vitalant says they are experiencing a blood donation shortage.

Vitalant operations across South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado had to close about eight donation centers between Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to that, 25 blood drives were canceled. That resulted in the loss of over 800 units of blood. Now, they’re trying to recover and they need your help.

“Now we are requesting that people come out, come out this weekend, to refill the blood supply to what it was pre-blizzard. And we do accept all blood types right now, all donation types with a specific urgent need for platelets and O type donations,” said Vitalant’s Donor Recruitment Manager, Brittany Sigel.

Vitalant needs to collect about 3,000 units a week to support hospitals in our area and surrounding states. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are always welcome. One person’s donation could potentially impact up to three lives. So if you are able to donate blood, now’s the time.

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