Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to remind the public about the importance of donating blood. This is also a time to thank blood donors for the vital role they play in providing a safe and adequate blood supply to hospitals within their communities like Virginia Gay Hospital.

Virginia Gay Hospital is hosting a community blood drive with LifeServe Blood Center on Tuesday, January 23 from 1:00-5:30 pm. The drive will be held in the cafeteria located on the lower level of the hospital at 502 N. 9th Avenue, Vinton.

Blood is living tissue that cleans and nourishes the human body while also fighting infections, healing wounds and performing many other vital functions for the human body. It is a fragile substance that cannot be manufactured and can only be stored for a very limited time. There is no substitute for blood. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it.

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 an added “thank you” for their donation, January donors will be treated to gift bags from Virginia Gay and LifeServe Blood Center while supplies last. LifeServe donors will also earn double reward points for all donations made in the month of January. Donors accumulate points for each donation they make that can be redeemed at an online store for merchandise. To view items that can be redeemed at the online store with your donation points, please follow this link: https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/store/preview

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 drive, please contact LifeServe Blood Center by calling 800.287.4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. If you have eligibility questions, please contact their medical team at nurse@lifeservebloodcenter.org.

If you would like to read testimonials from other donors and blood recipients, please follow the link: http://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donate/who-youre-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 www.myvgh.org.