Two recent blood drives collected products for Vitalant.

The North Dakota State Hospital/James River Correctional Center held a blood drive on July 9, which helped 29 units of blood products for patients in need.

Thirty 30 individuals volunteered to donate, and 26 individuals were able to donate. Two donors gave Power Red Cells (2RBC) which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution to the donor. Four people volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Cindy Sperle-Gee, Tracy Monson and Melissa Mahin, who coordinated the drive, and NDSH/JRCC which sponsored the blood drive.

RealTruck hosted a blood drive on July 11 at Realtruck, which collected 13 units of blood products.

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Twelve people volunteered to donate blood and nine individuals were able to donate. Four donors gave Power Red Cells. Six people volunteered to donate for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Edwin Martinez and Sloan Lawrence, who coordinated the drive, and RealTruck which sponsored the blood drive.

Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region.