United Blood Services Urges Donors to become a First Blood Responder – Donors can pledge at www.pledgetosave.com

United Blood Services Urges Donors to become a First Blood Responder

Morgan City, LA- Just like first responder groups our blood supply must be at-the-ready when patients need it. United Blood Services is asking for donors to pledge to be a First Blood Responder and donate three times in 2018, starting in January. First Blood Responders will help ensure that blood is already at the hospital BEFORE emergencies and disasters happen. If each donor donates three times in 2018, a stable supply of all blood types will be created and in turn, more lives will be saved.

“The 2017 year brought unfortunate situations, from hurricanes and wildfires to active shooters,” said Mitzi Breaux, Marketing and Communications Manager with United Blood Services. “Through these situations, one thing remains the same; it’s the blood on the shelf that is donated before the tragedy that saves lives. We don’t know when or where the next emergency situation will arise. Your pledge to be a First Blood Responder will help ensure that blood is on the shelf before the tragedy. The need is greatest between times of great need.”

Donors can pledge to be a First Blood Responder at www.pledgetosave.com. All January donors receive a “Power to Change to the World” T-shirt, while supplies last.

All blood types are always needed, however, donations from donors with O negative type blood, which is the universal blood type and is most transfused in trauma situations, is in high demand year round.

Donors can donate at the Morgan City donor center located at 1234 David Drive, Suite 102. Donors can schedule an appointment to donate at www.bloodhero.com or call 877-827-4376. Walks in are welcome.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at www.UnitedBloodServices.org.

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 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.