LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The need for blood donations is still critical in Las Vegas.
Vitalant and the Las Vegas Ballpark teamed up for a blood drive on Sunday to replenish the supply and help valley hospital patients.
All blood types are used for a variety of situations, including sickle cell patients, babies who need blood transfusions, and even individuals involved in car crashes.
While all blood types are accepted, there is a dire need for people to donate O-positive and O-negative blood.
Those who donated blood at Sunday’s one-day drive received Aviators tickets and Wet’n’Wild vouchers, but donors say that giving blood means more than just getting incentives.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that I can help other people and knowing I can do that,” said Constance Dominiak, a blood donor.
“We’ve seen an increase now that businesses are opening up. But with the pandemic, some businesses are not returning back in person and [instead] operating remotely,” said Brittaney Estrella, Vitalant’s communications manager. “If you’re interested in hosting blood drives, or anyone that is interested, visit vitalant.org.“
Those who have recently received their COVID-19 vaccine can still give blood, as long as they are feeling well, Estrella said.