Vitalant says blood donations drop during the summer

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Knowing your blood type can save your life and the life of others.

According to Vitalant, blood donations drop around 20% during the summer. This leaves local emergency organizations in need of blood.

The summer months have taken a toll on blood donations for years, which affects the total amount of blood that hospitals receive for the whole year.

“The reason that is problematic is because we need blood on our shelves consistently for routine procedures that patients need at the hospital like surgeries and other things that come up,” says Molly Barari, with Vitalant.

Without the donations, people in need of transfusions, organ donation, and other procedures, are left with little to no options.

Being that the Rally is in town, there is an added stress, due to the unpredictability of motorcycle accidents and the larger crowds in the hills.

Vitalant recommends donating three times yearly. You can contact them for more information on how to donate.

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