United Blood Services Announces Urgent Need for Donations

United Blood Services announced an urgent appeal for O blood type donations.  In the past four weeks, demand has outpaced donations by 400 pints of blood.LAS VEGAS – United Blood Services announced an urgent appeal for O blood type donations.  In the past four weeks, demand has outpaced donations by 400 pints of blood.

United Blood Services has less than a one-day supply of blood types O positive and O negative. The nonprofit is asking members of the community to visit any of its convenient blood collection centers to support its life-saving mission.

Although United Blood Services received numerous donations early in the year, the organization has been experiencing a shortage of blood supply because donors must wait at least eight weeks before giving blood again.

“Since a high percentage of regular donors gave blood earlier this year, many are not eligible to give right now. New donors are needed to fill the gap,” said Steve Chitren, Regional Center Director of United Blood Services. “Every two to three seconds in this country, someone needs blood, and you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves. It’s time for everyone to get involved”.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 year old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors ages 22 and younger.

United Blood Services has been this area’s nonprofit community blood provider since 1950, and serves patients in hospitals in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Pahrump and throughout the southwest region.  The United Blood Services is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks.

To schedule an appointment or to donate blood, call 1-877-827-4376 or visit one of United Blood Services’ three Southern Nevada locations:

  • 6930 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89117

o   Monday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • 601 Whitney Ranch Drive, Suite. 20, Henderson, Nev. 89014

o   Tuesday – Thursday 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • 4950 W. Craig Road, Las Vegas, Nev. 89130

o   Monday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

United Blood Services is also hosting blood drives in conjunction with several community partners where prospective volunteers may donate blood:

  • Cumorah Credit Union, 2651 Paseo Verde Henderson, Nev. 89074. Friday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • LDS Mission Drive Chapel Cultural Hall, 485 Mission Drive Henderson, Nev. 89002. Saturday, March 1 at 8 a.m. to noon
  • Mountain’s Edge Master Association – Exploration Peak Park, 9600 S. Buffalo Dr. Las Vegas, Nev. 89178. Saturday, March 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Flamingo Library Large Conference Room, 9600 S. Buffalo Dr. Las Vegas, Nev. 89178. Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UBS is always interested in creating partnerships for new blood drive sponsors in our community. To learn more about organizing a mobile blood drive, please call 702-304-6547.

About United Blood Services of Las Vegas

Founded in 1963, United Blood Services of Las Vegas, a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, provides blood and blood products for local area hospitals in Southern Nevada, California and Northern Arizona. Its programs exist to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. Nationally, United Blood Services serves more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, contributing to more than 25 million people. For more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.

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