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Versiti hoping you'll make blood, not monetary, donation on Giving Tuesday

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 13:26:15-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Instead of giving financially on Giving Tuesday, Versiti Blood Centers is hoping you’ll make a blood donation to help save lives across the country.

“The need for blood never ends, and it is a critical need,” says Dr. Dan Waxman, vice president of transfusion medicine and senior medical officer at Versiti. “Now more than ever, Versiti Blood Centers needs people to step forward for their community and save a life by donating blood. In a year like 2020, when so much feels out of our control, the selfless act of blood donation lets you make a life-saving gift for free.”

One blood donation takes less than an hour and can save up to three lives. It’s usually used within 24-48 hours of the donation, but it can be stored up to 42 days, Versiti said.

Masks and social distancing are in place at Versiti locations, and COVID-19 antibody tests are being perform on all donations, so donors will know if they have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection.

Click here to find a donation center near you.