VIDEO ADDED: Vitalant Blood Drive Yields 150 Donations in Chico, Redding and Yuba City

There is a urgent for all blood types, especially blood type O. The Vitalant Winter Classic Blood Drive takes place Saturday, but you can also make an appointment to give blood.

Posted: Jan 26, 2019 1:34 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2019 6:38 PM

Update 5:51 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019 - If you missed Saturday's blood drive you can schedule an appointment online at one of the links provided in the article below.

Close to 150 blood products were collected on Saturday across Vitalant blood drive locations in Redding, Chico and Yuba City on Saturday.

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NORTH STATE, Calif. - The North State and North Valley communities can give hospital patients more time with their loved ones and save lives during the inaugural Winter Classic Blood Drive on Saturday, January 26 at Vitalant donation centers in Redding, Chico and Yuba City.

Winter is always a challenging time of year to collect blood, but there is currently an urgent need across the country for all blood types, specifically blood type O, due to an increased demand for blood and a decrease in collections. In emergency situations, when a patient’s blood type is not known, doctors reach for type O blood to sustain life until the patient can be stabilized.

While the holidays have ended, severe weather and icy roads have led to more accidents and an increased need for blood. People also tend to schedule elective surgeries (which may require blood transfusion) after the first of the year, which has put additional pressure on the blood supply.

As a thank you, all participants will receive an exclusive Vitalant travel tumbler and Rewards redeemable online at THIS LINK for a variety of great items . Plus, donors can enjoy complimentary lunch and a hot cocoa bar.

All blood donations will also equal a monetary donation to Make-A-Wish®, so blood donors can double their impact by helping grant wishes to local children with critical illnesses. Many wish recipients have also received blood from Vitalant blood donors as part of their treatments.

Donors can also join the Be The Match® marrow registry (ages 18-44 years old) for free at Vitalant, providing another way to save lives.

WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2019
7:00am – 4:00pm (Redding and Chico)
8:00am – 2:00pm (Yuba City)

WHERE: Vitalant, 2680 Larkspur Lane, Redding
Vitalant, 555 Rio Lindo Ave., Chico
Vitalant, 1290 Stabler Lane, Ste. 830, Yuba City

Whole blood donors must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 need a signed Vitalant parental consent form available online. They must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good general health and bring a photo I.D.

Other donation types have specific eligibility criteria. Please visit the Vitalant website for more information. CLICK THIS LINK

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