United Blood Services expands hours of operations

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - United Blood Services (UBS) is expanding hours at its Casper and Cheyenne donor centers in an effort to make blood donation more convenient for more donors.

Effective Monday, Dec. 26, the center at 112 E. 8th Ave. in Cheyenne will be open five days a week, from 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 am – 1 pm Friday and Saturday. The center at 2801 East 2nd Street in Casper will be open six days a week. Closed only on Tuesday, the Casper center will be open from 9 am – 6 pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 7 am – 4 pm Friday through Sunday.

In addition, the Casper donor center will be open during its regular operating hours on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1. It’s a great chance to resolve to save lives in the new year.

Blood donations can drop as much as 20 percent during the holidays and winter months, but every two seconds, every day of the year a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

Now through Saturday, Dec. 31 or while supplies last all blood donors will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt while supplies last. (Photos available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ba3i663ef1xsrs/AAC2HwvsbI1Ew21piZ3AkFhqa?dl=0)

Whole blood donors are eligible to give blood every eight weeks and are encouraged to donate at least three times each year to help UBS meet the needs of patients.

Donors can save time and fill out their Fast Track Health History Questionnaire online at unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17-year-old donors need a minor donor permit which is available online) and be in good health.

In addition to its community donor centers in Cheyenne and Casper, UBS operates various blood drives across Wyoming. Find the hero in you. To make an appointment call 877-827-4376 or go to unitedbloodservices.org.