University of Jamestown hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on April 30 at Reiland Fine Arts Center which collected 50 units of blood products for patients in need.

A total of 44 individuals volunteered to donate blood, and 40 individuals were able to donate at the blood drive. Ten donors gave Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. Sixteen people volunteered for the first time.

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Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Riley Salmon, who coordinated the drive, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee which sponsored the blood drive.

Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. About 30 percent of Vitalant’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that blood from Vitalant.