root beer float mugYear after year blood centers across the country see a drastic dip in donations during the warmer months due to donors’ plans for summer fun: weddings, vacations, and outdoor events take up time when donors would normally come in and make a lifesaving gift. If you’ve never donated before or it’s been awhile since you have, now would be a great time to give blood.

Virginia Gay Hospital will be hosting another community blood drive with LifeServe Blood Center on Tuesday, May 22 from 1:00-5:30 pm. The drive will once again be held in the cafeteria located on the lower level of the hospital at 502 N. 9th Avenue, Vinton.

Just one pint of donated blood can help up to three different people. LifeServe Blood Center and Virginia Gay Hospital rely on charitable community members to help provide blood to people in need. Giving blood is a safe, simple procedure. New blood donors who are not familiar with the blood donation process are encouraged to ask questions before, during and after their blood donation.

As part of the LifeServe Blood Center’s incentive program, all summertime donors can redeem their points for a limited edition “Not All Superheros Wear Capes” t-shirt for just 200 points in the LifeServe Online Store. John’s Qwik Stop/A&W is also providing coupons for free root beer floats to donors at this blood drive while supplies last. To view additional items that can be redeemed at the online store with your LifeServe donation points, please follow this link:

LifeServe Blood Center has served the needs of local hospital patients in this region as the sole provider of blood and blood products to Virginia Gay Hospital for numerous years and has been instituting community blood drives for the hospital since July 2013. Your donations at these events will help save your neighbor, a friend, family member or a stranger on the street. When you donate blood, YOU make a difference in YOUR community.

To schedule your appointment at Tuesday’s drive, please contact LifeServe Blood Center by calling 800.287.4903 or visit If you have eligibility questions, please contact their medical team at

If you would like to read testimonials from other donors and blood recipients, please follow the link: “Who You’re Helping”

LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community-based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the SOLE provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients.

To learn more about Virginia Gay Hospital’s commitment to quality healthcare and their services to our community, please visit