United Blood Services urges blood donations in advance of holiday weekend

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - United Blood Services is urging the community to donate blood in preparation of Memorial Day weekend.  Memorial Day kicks off the beginning of summer which brings a more than 20 percent decline in blood donations.  United Blood Services asks that you give the gift of life in memory of the American troops who’ve given their lives for our country, while securing blood for loved ones in Acadiana. 

Donate blood, plasma or platelets May 21-31 for entry to win a pair of tickets to see Garth Brooks in concert on June 24 at the Cajundome!!  Donors will also receive an “American Donor” t-shirt (image attached).   Let’s show our support and patriotism by stepping up and donating!

Donors can donate at United Blood Services donor center, 8234 One Calais the service road at I-10 and Essen in Baton Rouge, or at a mobile blood drive in your area.  To find a donation location near you and to schedule an appointment to donate visit www.BloodHero.com and enter your zip code or call 877-UBS-HERO (877)827-4376.

As always, all blood types are needed in order to prevent any blood type shortages from occurring.  However, United Blood Services is always in need of type O negative red cells, as this blood type is most often transfused in trauma situations.  Type O negative blood is the only type that can safely be given to patients of all blood types.  There is also a need for platelet donations from type A and plasma donations from type AB donors.

Donors can also visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org the day of their donation and click on the “Health History Questionnaire”.  This allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation on-line, in the privacy of their home or office.  Make sure to print your “Fast track donation ticket” and bring it with you to your donation.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 years of age must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.  Donors receive a free cholesterol test. Donors also earn points in our “Hero in Me” online rewards store.  Points can be redeemed for movie tickets, pizza, shopping cards and more at www.BloodHero.com.  A photo ID is required to donate. For more information, call 877-UBS HERO (877-827-4376).


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