Monday, February 11, 2013

United Blood Services in need of donors across region due to winter storms

Due to the winter storms impacting much of the region, United Blood Services is requesting help from the community to donate blood in the coming days to ensure a stable blood supply.

Winter storms over the weekend forced several blood drives across the region to cancel and very few donors were able to venture out to donate on Monday. According to Tami Kilzer, United Blood Service representative, “We are counting on the community right now to replenish the units that were lost. The need for blood doesn’t stop for a storm so it is vitally important that we stock the shelves to ensure that we have enough blood available for patients.”

United Blood Services assures the public that hospital blood needs have been and continue to be met. But it is important to build up the local supply in anticipation of any emergencies or unforeseen usage in the near future.

Donors in the Fargo-Moorhead area can donate at the blood center on south University Drive or participate in the 22nd Annual NDSU Bison Athletics blood drive at the BSA on February 12-13. To make an appointment contact United Blood Services at 701-293-9453 or go to .

Volunteer blood donors must be 16 years old or older (16 year olds must have a signed permission form which is available on the website or at the blood drive), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.