LAFAYETTE, LA – These unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought to light the importance of on-going blood donations. As more elective surgeries resume and people become more active again, the need for blood in hospitals has increased by over 25% in the past few weeks. Regular blood donations ensure there is never a shortage of blood.
Vitalant is now providing COVID-19 antibody testing for successful donations! Now you can double up by saving lives and learning your antibody status. Learn more about antibody testing at Vitalant.org/antibodytest. This is not a diagnostic test; if you are sick please do not donate. If you are positive for the COVID-19 antibody, or if you have recovered from COVID-19, we ask that you sign up to become a convalescent plasma donor. You can sign up at vitalant.org/covidfree. The antibodies in your plasma can help a critically ill Coronavirus patient fight and overcome the disease.
Donate at our Annual Race Against the Clock Blood Drive on Thursday, July 9 from 7 am – 10 pm, Friday, July 10 from 8 am – 4 pm and Saturday, July 11 from 8 am – 4 pm at the Vitalant donation center on 1503 Bertrand Drive.
All donors will receive an event T-shirt, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, a re-usable tote, coupon for FREE half dozen donut holes from Ricky Meche’s Donut King and a coupon for FREE McCafe drink from McDonald’s! (all items are while supplies last).
Donors are also entered to win the following prizes:
$500 Amazon gift card
$250 Academy gift card
$250 Target gift card
$250 Ruth’s Chris gift card
$250 Albertsons gift card
$250 Best Buy gift card
$250 Social Southern Table gift card
$250 Hobby Lobby gift card
$250 Rouse’s gift card
$250 Bass Pro Shop gift card
$250 Ruffino’s gift card
$250 Ulta gift card
Donors also have a chance to win one of four Geaux Local packs!
Pack #1: $100 Caroline & Co. gift card, $100 Deano’s gift card, $50 LA Hot Sauce gift card
Pack #2: $50 Nothing Bundt Cakes gift card, $50 Indulge gift card, $50 Lolli’s Chocolates gift card
Pack #3: $100 Don’s Seafood gift card, $100 Dwight’s gift card, $50 Billy’s Boudin gift card
Pack #4: $100 Marcello’s gift card, $100 Tsunami gift card, $100 Agave gift card
“No matter what is going on in our world, the need for blood never stops. The COVID-19 pandemic has impressed upon us all the vital importance of blood; from daily blood needs to convalescent plasma for critical coronavirus patient care,” said Mitzi Breaux, Marketing and Communication Manager with Vitalant. “Donors are needed, especially now, to ensure the blood supply is ready to serve patients in need right here in Acadiana.”
We can’t fulfil our lifesaving mission without you. That’s why we have strict safety measures to keep you and our team safe during COVID-19. In order to effectively uphold social distancing standards, appointments are strongly encourages. Face coverings are required for all donor and staff. Please come to your donation with a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth.
Special thanks to our many sponsors that make this event happen, including Townsquare Media (ESPN 1420; Classic Rock 105.1; Hot 107.9; 99.9 KTDY; KPEL; and 97.3 The Dawg) plus Blue Bell Ice Cream, McDonald’s and Rickey Meche’s Donut King.
As one of the nation’s foremost blood providers and transfusion medicine research centers, Vitalant is simultaneously leading the effort to restore the local blood supply and ensure that patients and hospitals in Louisiana have stable blood inventories. The U.S. Surgeon General and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have designated blood donation as an essential function, encouraging healthy and eligible donors to continue to donate even amidst COVID-19 response measures. Vitalant continues to intensify precautionary measures to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff.