La Plata Electric to host blood drive December 18th
DURANGO, Colo. - La Plata Electric Association, Inc. (LPEA) will host a community blood drive with Vitalant on Tuesday, December 18th, from 12:30 to 3:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room at our Durango headquarters, 45 Stewart Street (Bodo Park).
LPEA is proud to be a part of the ongoing efforts to keep the blood supply in our communities flowing. We have helped organize blood drives in our service territory for more than 20 years.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Vitalant, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone and it often used to treat trauma patients.
The need for blood donations goes beyond what people see on television or read in the news. Blood is needed today for many reasons. Like individuals being treated for cancer, babies that are born prematurely, individuals with anemia and much more. Blood donations save lives and there is no substitute. It must come from one individual to go to another, and every donation can help save up to three lives.
“Hosting a blood drive coincides with La Plata Electric’s cooperative principles, one of which is Commitment to Community,” explained Jeannie Bennett, LPEA’s public relations coordinator. “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.”
Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Vitalant.
“The short amount of time it takes to donate blood can make a difference to a patient with a serious medical condition and save their life,” added Bennett.
For information or to make an appointment to donate, contact Jeannie Bennett at 970.382.3505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donors can also sign up online at https://vitalant.org/Home.aspx# with sponsor code LPEA. Appointments make it easy for planning purposes, but walk-ins are always welcome.
Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with more than 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.