Blood Donors Needed to Save Lives and Honor Moms


Every year, about 219,000 units of blood and platelets are needed to help patients experiencing women’s health issues including about 1 of every 83 births. Leading up to this Mother’s Day, nonprofit Vitalant is highlighting that need and thanking donors who give now through May 23 with a chance to win one of 83, $83 gift cards when they opt-in to the Vitalant Donor Rewards program.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are vital to always maintain a robust blood supply for patients, from emergencies to ongoing medical treatments.

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Image Provided by Vitalant

Trish Anderson is grateful an adequate blood supply was available when she needed 52 units of blood during the birth of her fourth child, Dobry, via cesarean hysterectomy. A long recovery followed, including eight surgeries and an additional 12 units of blood. 

“Each day, I reflect in appreciation over the many, many people who sat in a chair and gave selflessly from their physical body, to save my life,” Anderson said. “Because of them, I get to see my kids grow up.” 

She and her extended family are involved in donating blood and hosting blood drives to pay forward the gift of life. 

Learn all the ways you can get involved and make an appointment to donate at, download and use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). 

Select Upcoming San Francisco Bay Area Blood Drives

May 1, Wednesday, USF School of Nursing & Health, Gleeson Plaza, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

May 9, Thursday, Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

May 13, Monday, Northwest YMCA, Cupertino, 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM

May 15, Wednesday, Oakland City Center, 500 12th Street, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

May 24, Friday, Kublacon Game Convention, San Mateo, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Donors can give at any one of six Vitalant Bay Area donation centers or any community blood drive. 



About Vitalant

Vitalant (Vye-TAL-ent) is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit blood and biotherapies healthcare organizations, providing hospitals and patients across the U.S. a safe blood supply, specialized laboratory services, transfusion medicine expertise, and world-renowned research. Individuals generously donating blood, volunteering, and giving financially are essential to our lifesaving mission. Learn more at


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