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Blood Donors Needed to Save Lives and Honor Moms

KNOX, OH (April 25, 2024) Every year, about 219,000 units of blood and platelets are needed to help patients experiencing women’s health issues including about 1 of every 83 births. Leading up to this Mother’s Day, nonprofit Vitalant is highlighting that need and thanking donors who give April 21-May 23 with a chance to win one of 83, $83 gift cards when they opt-in to the Vitalant Donor Rewards program.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are vital to always maintain a robust blood supply for patients, from emergencies to ongoing medical treatments.

Trish Anderson is grateful an adequate blood supply was available when she needed 52 units of blood during the birth of her fourth child, Dobry, via cesarean hysterectomy. A long recovery followed, including eight surgeries and an additional 12 units of blood. 

“Each day, I reflect in appreciation over the many, many people who sat in a chair and gave selflessly from their physical body, in order to save my life,” Anderson said. “Because of them, I get to see my kids grow up.” 

She and her extended family are involved in donating blood and hosting blood drives to pay forward the gift of life.

In addition to helping patients, Vitalant blood donors can also track their own health, including blood pressure, pulse, hemoglobin and cholesterol in their secure and confidential online account.

Learn all the ways you can get involved and make an appointment to donate at, download and use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). 

Upcoming Blood Drives


Wednesday, May 8

Baddow Pass School

14290 County Hwy. 75

4 PM – 7 PM


Monday, May 13

Pine View School – Shop

16480 Chapel Rd.

3:45 PM – 7 PM

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