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January is National Blood Donor Month, and you could celebrate by saving a life! Virginia Gay Hospital is hosting its next community blood drive on Tuesday, January 22 from 1:00-5:30 pm in the cafeteria located on the lower level of the hospital, 502 N. 9th Ave, Vinton. Can we count on you?

To schedule your appointment, please contact LifeServe Blood Center by calling 800.287.4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. If you have eligibility questions, contact their medical team at nurse@lifeservebloodcenter.org. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome.

National Blood Donor Month began in 1970 as a way to remind the public of the importance of blood donation. Did you know that about 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood, but only about 10 percent do? More than 4.5 million Americans would die every year without lifesaving blood transfusions.

Every time you donate blood, the potential is there to save three lives. Virginia Gay Hospital and LifeServe Blood Center rely on the generosity of community members to help provide blood to people in need. Donating blood is a safe, simple procedure that only takes about an hour from start to finish. New donors are encouraged to ask questions and talk through any concerns they may have through the entire process.

LifeServe Blood Center has been partnering with Virginia Gay Hospital to host local community blood drives since July 2013 and is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the hospital. When you donate blood at a Virginia Gay Hospital community blood drive, you make a difference in our community. If you’ve given in the past, thank you! We hope to see you again. And if you’ve never donated, please consider it. Lives are depending on the generosity of our local donors.

As an added incentive, LifeServe donors also earn double reward points for all donations made in January 2019. Donors accumulate points for each donation to redeem at an online store for merchandise. To view available items at the online store with your donation points, please follow this link: https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/store/preview