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Blood Emergency: Sparkt Learns How Easy it is to Donate

There's a national blood shortage and the frigid temperatures are only making things worse. Vitalent (that's the new name for Central Blood Bank) desperately needs donors to save lives.


There's a national blood shortage and the frigid temperatures are only making things worse.

Vitalant (that's the new name for Central Blood Bank) desperately needs donors in their mission to save lives.

I headed over to their local donor center to find out why it's important, and even rolled up my sleeve to find out what it's like to give blood for the first time.

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I got to experience the entire process which turned out to be pretty easy. One thing that really stuck with me is that the impact just one donation can make. Each donation collects platelets, plasma, and red blood cell which can be used to help more than one patient.

"You're saving three lives every time you come in." Phlebotomist Chris Olander

After answering some questions to make sure my donation was safe to use, a nurse took me over to a donor chair (the rest of the chairs were empty, which demonstrates the donor shortage). One little prick of a needle and my blood was flowing. Less than 10 minutes later and I was done and my blood was on its way to saving a life.

Vitalant's Kristen Lane understands harsh weather and busy schedules can make it more difficult for people to come in and donate. But she couldn't stress enough the importance of donating, especially during the winter months. As I found out, it's easy, and you don't even need to know your blood type!

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