iHeartMedia Vitalant Holiday Blood Drive @ Maidu Community Center

iHeartMedia Sacramento & Vitalant are teaming up to save lives this holiday season when there is an urgent need for blood donors. Join us Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville (1550 Maidu Center, Roseville, CA 95661) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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While our busy lives are making a comeback, it remains critical to patients who rely on blood transfusions that community members donate blood even as life returns to normal. Hospital blood usage has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but the number of blood donations hasn’t. We urgently need donors to schedule and keep their donation appointment.

Vitalant follows the safety recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Donors can visit Vitalant.org/COVID-FAQs to learn more about collecting lifesaving blood products while keeping donors and staff safe.

Donation Appointments: To schedule your appointment, go to https://vitalant.org/iheartmediasacramento or call 877-258-4825.

Our iHeartMedia Vitalant Holiday Blood Drive comes at a critical time! During the holidays, blood donations tend to decline due to increased activities yet the need for blood products for patients does not take a vacation. Annual blood drive events like this helps ensure that the blood that is needed is always available for patients in need. And all donors will receive a free general admission Movie Pass to Century/Cinemark Theaters.

Vitalant has an urgent need for blood, platelet or plasma donations to address a drop in donations and meet both emergency and routine patient needs. On average, donors give several thousand fewer donations during the winter holidays compared to the rest of the year, but the need for lifesaving blood transfusions remains steady.

Vitalant must collect about 5,300 blood, platelet and plasma donations every day for approximately 900 hospital partners and their patients coast-to-coast. All blood types are needed to ensure a safe and ready supply, especially type O blood. • Type O is the most transfused blood type and O-negative is what emergency room personnel reach for when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Type O donors can maximize their impact by giving a Power Red donation when two units of red cells are given, and other blood components are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

There is no waiting period to give blood after receiving an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Donors who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to give blood, platelets or plasma if they meet all general blood donation eligibility requirements.

In Northern California Vitalant must collect 750 blood donations per day to meet patients’ transfusion needs.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Every day in the U.S., patients in hospitals, surgical centers and emergency treatment facilities need approximately: 36,000 units of red blood cells, 7,000 units of platelets, 10,000 units of plasma

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