Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is asking for donors to join first responders in helping to donate blood during National Blood Donor Month.
The company says that January is often a difficult time to for blood collection due to weather-related issues and cold and flu season. To combat the decrease in donations, Vitalant says they are calling on donors to join with Acadiana first responders for a little friendly competition as part of their “Sirens for Life” blood drive.
Donors are encouraged to visit a Vitalant donation center and donate blood for their favorite first responder group.
Donations can be made a the Vitalant Center located at 1503 Bertrand Drive at the following dates and times:
- Wednesday, January 9 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Thursday, January 10 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Friday, January 11 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Appointments can be made by at vitalant.org or by calling 877-25VITAL
Donors must be 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health to donate. Other height and weight requirements may apply. 16 and 17-year-olds must have signed permission from a parent or guardian to donate blood.