November 11, 2023 at 10:39 a.m.

Hackensack blood drive brings in 40 volunteers


   HACKENSACK, Minn. – The Hackensack community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on October 23 at the Hackensack Community Center which helped collect a total of 41 units of blood products for patients in need. 

   A total of 40 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 33 individuals were able to successfully donate at the Vitalant blood drive on October 23. A total of nine donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There was one person who volunteered for the first time!

   Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Shannon Kennedy, who coordinated the drive, and the American Legion Auxiliary which sponsored the blood drive.

   The need for blood is constant and Vitalant strives to always keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region.  Trauma and burn patients, premature infants, heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients and people fighting cancer all require blood transfusions for their care. 

Blood donations are needed daily to maintain a strong blood supply and meet ongoing patient needs. Vitalant encourages healthy individuals to make blood donation a part of one’s regular routine to help meet the ongoing needs.

   Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.donors.vitalant.org or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn reward points. 

   Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments, while the blood draw typically taking less than 10 minutes. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Health History Questionnaire the day they donate on www.vitalant.org/health


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