Casablanca Resort, in conjunction with Vitalant, will host the annual Independence Day community blood drive July 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vitalant has a critical shortage of blood and urges all eligible donors to make an appointment to donate to replenish the blood supply. While the need for blood donations is a constant necessity in the community, the summer months are when blood donations are most needed due to drastic drops in donations. On average, donors give several thousand fewer donations during the summer compared to the rest of the year, but the need for lifesaving blood transfusions remains steady. Vitalant must collect about 5,300 donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 900 hospitals coast-to-coast.
Type O blood is below a two-day supply. Type O is the most transfused blood type and O-negative is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O donors can maximize their impact by giving two units of red cells, or a “Power Red” donation, where other blood components are safely and comfortably returned to the donor. There is no waiting period to give blood after receiving an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
Donors will receive a 2-for-1 voucher to the Mesa Buffet. Donors will also receive a free Vitalant T-shirt (redeemable via email). Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online to reserve a spot by visiting donors.vitalant.org and enter code MESQUITENV or call 877-258-4825 to sign up for this blood drive, as well as other upcoming drives.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Casablanca Resort & Casino
950 W Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027