Donors to receive 50 percent off at the Market Place Buffet and entered to win one of four $5K pre-paid gift cards
JW Marriott Resort & Spa Las Vegas and Rampart Casino, in conjunction with Vitalant, to host a weekend blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online to reserve a spot by calling 877-25-VITAL or visiting vitalant.org and enter ‘RAMPART’ as the code and donors are able to sign up for this blood drive, as well as other upcoming drives.
- A national blood shortage is further stressing the nation’s fragile healthcare system. Vitalant, which services about 900 hospitals across 28 states is currently experiencing a historic, two-year low blood supply. The fast-spreading omicron variant is the latest COVID-19 complication forcing additional community blood drives to cancel and lessening the number of healthy and available donors.
- All eligible donors, especially those with the most transfused blood type O, which is currently at less than half of the desired four-day supply, are critically needed to make an appointment now to give in the days and weeks ahead.
- Blood donations at Vitalant fell short of the need by more than 4,500 donations in December and the trend has continued into January. In addition to the effects of the omicron variant, severe winter weather in parts of the U.S. has further impacted blood drives, resulting in uncollected donations.
- Only about three percent of the population donates blood, but most people are eligible. If more people start donating, shortages could be prevented.
- This shortage is not unique to Vitalant. Associations representing all blood services organizations in the U.S. warned the nation’s blood supply is at a dangerously low level and this trend must reverse to prevent hospitals from having to postpone potential lifesaving treatments.
- There is no waiting period to give blood after receiving an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
- Donors will receive a 50 percent off voucher for the Market Place Buffet redeemable for a brunch or dinner buffet.
- As a special thank you during January, National Blood Donor Month, all those who give with Vitalant any time this month will be entered into the $5,000 Big Game Giveaway to win one of four, $5,000 prepaid gift cards redeemable by email.*
Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
JW Marriott Las Vegas / Rampart Casino
221 N. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145