Las Vegas - Lifeguards aren't the only ones who will be saving lives this summer. The residents of Las Vegas will too, by donating blood. Unfortunately, during the hot months of the year, donors often are in short supply. Many are on vacation or out having fun in the sun.
“It’s no secret,” said Paul Milakeve, Donor Recruitment Manager with United Blood Services. “People simply are much busier than they are at other times of the year. Although donors might have other things to do, patients continue to need blood.”
Blood can be stored for only 42 days. Eligible donors are encouraged to give blood regularly, three or four times a year, to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood.
The Orleans Hotel & Casino’s upcoming drive is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. in Las Vegas. All volunteer blood donors at this blood drive must be 21 years of age or older.
All donors 21 and over will receive a voucher for one to the French Market Buffet, good for breakfast or lunch, Monday to Saturday only. This offer excludes dinner, Sunday brunch and all day passes.
People unable to donate are encouraged to recruit those who can. Anyone who can’t make it to the blood drive is welcome to visit United Blood Services anytime during the year. To schedule an appointment or to donate blood, call 702-228-4483 or visit one of United Blood Services’ three Southern Nevada locations:
- 6930 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
- 601 Whitney Ranch Drive, Suite 20, Henderson, NV
- 4950 W. Craig Road, Las Vegas, NV
Make your appointment to give blood at www.UnitedBloodServices.org or by calling 877-827-4376. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services’ Hero in Me rewards program.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger. For more information, visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org.
About United Blood Services of Las Vegas
Founded in 1963, United Blood Services of Las Vegas, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, provides blood and blood products for 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 non-profit 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.