Vitalant hopes National Blood Donation Week encourages more people to give blood

A Cheyenne resident gives blood at Vitalant Friday afternoon.
A Cheyenne resident gives blood at Vitalant Friday afternoon.(Will Thomas)
Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 7:26 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - National Blood Donation Week runs from Sep. 1-7 and Gov. Mark Gordon declared Friday as “Wyoming Blood Donation Day.” Vitalant communications manager, Brooke Way, said blood donations are usually a challenge for Vitalant during the summer months, and people need blood all year.

“Holiday weekends aren’t most popular for donating blood, so we want to make sure people are keeping in mind that we still need blood during these holiday weekends, during the summer months,” said Way.

Another challenge Vitalant has been facing is the cancellation of blood drives due to the pandemic. Having NBDW at the beginning of September is a way for Vitalant to encourage Wyomingites to get out and help those in need.

Way said it means a lot for governors across the nation and Wyoming’s Gov. Gordon to encourage Wyomingites to get out and give blood.

“It’s important for Wyoming as a whole to remember that blood donation is important, patients rely on it. In this region alone, we need 3500 donations every single week to help patients heal and recover,” said Way.

Vitalant is open Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Though it is closed Sunday and Monday, Vitalant hopes people will come back from the long weekend and be encouraged to donate.

For more information on Vitalant, you can visit its website here.

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