Vitalant in urgent need of blood donors

The non-profit has seen a 44% decrease in donors since 2010, but the need for donors has not followed the decline.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Have you donated blood in the past, and feel like you’ve been inundated by calls for more donations? Vitalant said there is a reason why.

Ahead of National Blood Donor Month, which occurs every January, they did some research and found that since 2010 their donor base has dropped by 44 percent in the Inland Northwest. The need for blood has not decreased, so the burden has been on their loyal donor base. Vitalant is currently the only blood supplier to 35 Inland Northwest hospitals. Nearly 30 percent of donations go to local cancer patients, but donations can be used for newborns, seniors and those who have experienced trauma like a car accident.

The nonprofit is challenging the public to make them a part of their New Year’s resolutions. If each donor gives blood 3 times in 2020, they will have more than enough supply to help when hospitals are in need. Currently, 38% of the population is eligible to donate but only 10% do.

Vitalant is asking that you start your New Year’s on a good note and make your first donation this January, during National Blood Donor Month, as blood centers around the country tend to see a decline in their donor base in winter months.

To make an appointment with Vitalant, click here or call 1-877-25-VITAL.