Blood donation centers across the Central Coast are in dire need of blood donors going into Memorial Day weekend.
Vitalant, the blood donor non-profit, is asking for donations of all blood types. The non-profit expects to collect 1,200 donations leading into the weekend.
“Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day weekend typically see a spike in blood usage due to several reasons such as increased travel, leading to a higher rate of traumatic injuries,” said Mona Kleman, senior donor recruitment manager at Vitalant.
Blood Type O is especially in short supply. The non-profit said in a press release that local inventory for the blood type has been hovering at or below a one-day supply.
“O negative blood type is currently in highest demand,” said Kleman. “As the universal blood type, O negative blood type can help any patient, and is especially critical during emergencies when blood must be readily available to save lives quickly.”
Donors can set up an appointment at vitalant.org or by calling 877-25-VITAL. May blood donors will also receive a $10 movie pass through the non-profit’s rewards program.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors ages 16-17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.