Our nation’s blood supply is in need of younger donors. Statistics show that nearly 60 percent of blood donations come from people over 40, and nearly 45 percent come from people older than 50. Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are the perfect generation to begin a new trend in donating blood. By starting now, students today will be the future of Acadiana’s and our nation’s blood supply.
Vitalant and its animal partners hope that new donors will also step-up to help those in need throughout the country. To reinforce the effort, Vitalant’s three spokes-animals (an Instagram-famous cat, a French bulldog and a tiny-but-mighty hedgehog) are coming together to encourage people to help others this month through the simple act of donating blood as part of their “Save the Humans” campaign. View more of the #SavetheHumans campaign at Vitalant.org/savethehumans.
UL Lafayette Students have the chance to #SaveTheHumans when they donate at the blood drive on campus in front of Dupre Library from 9am-3pm and the Conference Center from 10am-3pm on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Donors will receive a “Save The Humans” T-shirt, a coupon from Chick-fil-a for a FREE sandwich or nugget, and a Lafayette Lanes FREE game pass.
“Blood donation saves 12,000 human lives a day and is one of the easiest ways people can make a positive impact on the world. If younger people don’t start donating, we could run out. Take it from me – needles are no big deal,” said the spokes-hedgehog.
Schedule your appointment to donate at vitalant.org or call 877-25VITAL(258-4825).
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at vitalant.org.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.