CASPER, Wyo. — The annual “Guns n’ Hoses” blood drive challenge will kick off on Tuesday, August 3 to bring in lifesaving blood donations for patients in need of transfusions.
The challenge gives people donating blood at the Vitalant Casper donation center the chance to cast votes in honor of a first responder of their choice when donating blood.
Law enforcment, fire and EMS departments in the Casper area compete for bragging rights in the competition to see which organization can bring in the most donations, according to Vitalant.
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“Natrona Country Sheriff’s Office pulled in the most votes to win last year’s trophy. However it’s the communities at large that are the real winners, teaming up together to save patients’ lives,” Vitalant says.
Blood donors will receive a free “Guns n’ Hoses” t-shirt while supplies last.
“There is currently an urgent need for blood, and Vitalant is asking all eligible donors to make an appointment to ensure patients get the vital transfusions they need,” Wednesday’s press release states. “Blood has a short shelf life and must be continually replenished, especially in the summer months when donations tend to decrease.”
“All blood types are needed, especially type O, which is the most transfused blood type and the first to run out in a shortage. O-negative is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type.”
People can make blood donations at the Vitalant Casper donation center, located at 2801 East Second St. The center will be open during the blood drive at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, August 3 – Thursday, August 5: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday, August 6: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, August 7: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“To make an appointment, visit vitalant.org or call (877) 258-4825. Those who received a Food and Drug Administration–authorized COVID-19 vaccine can give blood immediately if other eligibility requirements are met,” Vitalant says. “All donors who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering at this time.”
“Appointments are preferred, walk-ins welcome.”