Ahead of winter blood shortage, Vitalant seeks donors at Lansing donation center

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2 River Plaza, Suite G, Lansing, Illinois

LifeSource is now known as Vitalant.
LANSING, Ill. (November 2, 2018—A area-wide shortage of blood has officials with Vitalant concerned about local hospitals having an adequate supply of whole blood, platelets, and plasma as we move into a time of year which typically sees a decline in blood donations nationally.

In the Lansing area, eligible donors are encouraged to visit their local Vitalant Donation Center at 2 River Plaza, Suite G, which is open seven days a week. For exact hours of operation, call 877-25VITAL (877-258-4825).

“As we enter the holiday season, we look forward to spending time with loved ones, but we also look for ways to give back,” said Vitalant Regional Director Eva Quinley. “Our current blood supply is dwindling, making it difficult to provide blood to the patients who need it. The next few months are historically difficult for blood banks since people are busy with the holidays and their families. We also see an increase in illness, accidents, and potential bad weather. All of these factors make your donation more important than ever.”

In preparation for a donation, donors are asked to eat well, stay hydrated, and arrive with proper identification. The donation appointment takes about an hour (with the donation itself only about 10 minutes) and is both safe and comfortable. Donors must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years of age with parental consent).

LifeSource is now Vitalant

Earlier this year, Blood Systems announced that its 10 blood center brands including LifeSource, had united as one cohesive brand under the new name Vitalant. In the Chicagoland area, Vitalant has 17 donation centers and four fixed sites, hosting an average of six blood drives every day. View all donation center locations and blood drive dates at vitalant.org or call 877-25VITAL (877-258-4825).