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Take Action: Donate Platelets

- Donating platelets takes a little longer than donating whole blood, so kick back, get comfortable and relax with a movie on one of our iPads! All of our Community Donor Centers have Netflix accounts and … Continue reading

Give Platelets. Give Hope.

- Did you know that specific blood types are best utilized for platelet donations? Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets. These specialized blood cells help control blood clotting. When platelet levels fall too low, … Continue reading

Sickle Cell Awareness

- September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month Virginia Blood Services is committed to working to improve patient care for sickle cell patients in the communities we serve. There is an increased need for research and treatment … Continue reading

Universities Unite Blood Drive

- Calling all Hoos and Hokies: Who can bring out the most donors to help support patient lives?   Together, we can accomplish more. Together, we can bring change and impact lives in a greater magnitude. … Continue reading

Be A Hero: American Donor

- In the days leading up to and including Memorial, Independence and Veterans Day, we will encourage participating donors to honor our serviceman with a blood donation supporting life-saving transfusions that occur every day.  When you present … Continue reading

The most productive thing you will do today….

- Saving Lives… the most productive thing you will do today. Donating platelets takes a little longer than donating whole blood, so kick back, get comfortable and relax with a movie on one of our iPads! … Continue reading

Ben’s Journey

- Ben Bane is a 27 year old graduate of Lord Botetourt and Virginia Tech. He is currently employed by Carilion as the Scribe Manager. His family physician, Dr. Karen Perkins, recommended that he get some … Continue reading

Movie Time – Two Days Only

- Calling all A Positive, B Positive, AB Positive and O Negative Blood Donors! We are in immediate need of platelets and type O negative blood, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!   January 4th and 5th … Continue reading

Virginia Blood Services Blood Donor App

- Virginia Blood Services’ Blood Donor Mobile App that puts the power to support life in the palm of your hand, is now available to download on iPhone and Android! The Virginia Blood Services Donor Mobile … Continue reading

University Drives

- College students and employees continue to support life through blood donation.   *All participating donors receive a limited edition “I Bleed…” college tee shirt at participating blood drives below, while supplies last.        … Continue reading