Donate blood and you can win an annual national parks pass

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CHEYENNE, Wyo (RELEASE) - The unofficial start to summer vacation season means fewer blood donors are available to regularly supply patients’ needs. That’s why approaching Memorial Day weekend, Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is offering donors the chance to win one of 22 prize packs worth more than $500 in the Awemaker’s Adventure Pack Giveaway.

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Everyone who comes out to donate at a Vitalant donation center in Colorado, Wyoming or Rapid City, South Dakota or a Vitalant blood drive dispatched from those areas through June 15 will be automatically entered to win one of the following prize packages: a Road Trip Adventure Pack including a GoPro HERO7, annual national parks pass and an Airbnb gift card, or a Camping Adventure Pack including camping gear, a solar phone charger and REI gift card. In all, 22 people across the region will win.

Volunteer blood and platelet donors of all blood types are necessary to ensure hospitals across our area and the country are ready not just for unexpected events, but regular donations also allow for routine surgeries and medical treatments to continue uninterrupted.

“More donors are needed in Wyoming and across the country to continue to meet every patient need before it arises,” Vitalant Senior Director of Donor Recruitment Charlie Propernick said. “Platelets have an especially short shelf life and must be transfused within five days, but because not enough people are donating regularly, even red blood cells which can be transfused up to 42 days after donation are often shipped out to hospitals within just a few days.”

Vitalant has donation opportunities seven days a week except for select major holidays. While Vitalant operations will be closed at all Wyoming locations on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, donors are encouraged to come in before or after the holiday during regular operating hours.

Blood drives and donation centers can be found and appointments made at vitalant.org or by calling 307.237.2328 in Casper, 307.638.3326 in Cheyenne or 877-25-VITAL (4825) elsewhere in Wyoming. Walk-ins are welcome.