RENO — October is Spooktacular month at United Blood Services when blood donations takes on special meaning.
“Our hospital patients need your help,” said Steve Thomas, donor recruitment director for United Blood Services of Reno. “Please give us a call at 324-6454 to make your appointment to donate or you can also schedule your appointment online at www.unitedbloodservices.org,” said Thomas.
Hospital patients in northern Nevada continue to need blood every day. United Blood Services of Reno needs about 150 blood donors daily to meet the increasing need for blood transfusions because of advancements in the medical field coupled with about 69 million baby boomers rapidly changing from being blood donors to becoming blood recipients.
“Fall is here and the need for your blood donation is strong,” said Lisa Rogers, the Reno and Sparks fixed site donor recruitment supervisor. “You can help to save a life by donating blood today.
“And, as an extra incentive for donating blood during the month of October, we are offering all blood donors a Halloween themed t-shirt as our way of saying thank you,” Rogers added. “Additionally, all blood donors will receive a free cholesterol test and points in our Hero in Me donor loyalty program that has been a big hit with donors.”
United Blood Services of Reno is the sole blood products supplier to 22 hospitals in northern Nevada and it needs about 150 blood donations every day to meet the demand for three principal blood products: red blood cells, platelets and plasma.
“We hope everyone will consider becoming a blood donor if they are not now coming in to donate,” Thomas said. “Blood donations are essential for our community’s hospital patients and other critically ill people in our community who rely on your blood donations to ensure we have the necessary blood products available when required.”
United Blood Services of Reno has three convenient Community Donation Centers located at 1125 Terminal Way in Reno, 4670 Sparks Boulevard in Sparks and 256 E. Winnie Lane in Carson City.