Most people won't think of themselves as a hero in their lifetime, but there is one simple thing you can do to be added to that list: donate blood.

You can transform a life and your own when you donate blood with Vitalant. Each donation gives up to 3 patients a chance to make more memories with their family and friends. You are vital.

Vitalant has partnered with Cypress Bayou Casino to help secure the blood supply during the holiday season, a time when blood donations decline by over 20 percent. By being a regular donor, you can ensure the blood supply stands ready to serve patients in need – from routine surgeries to emergency situations, blood is always needed. Remember, blood is needed every 2 seconds in the United States. Don’t miss your opportunity to transform someone’s life through blood donation.

Join Vitalant at Cypress Bayou Casino on Tuesday, December 3 from 10 am – 7 pm at the Pre-Function Room, Pavilion. Donors can schedule their appointment at Vitalant.org or call at 1-877-258-4825.

All donors will receive bonus points for a $25 Amazon gift card through the online rewards store. All donors also get to spin the prize wheel for an additional prize from Cypress Bayou Casino! GRAND PRIZE: Four-night/five day Western Caribbean Cruise for two passengers, out of New Orleans will be drawn (restrictions apply). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

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To find out more about blood donation please visit vitalant.org or call 877-25VITAL.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at vitalant.org.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

Vitalant is the nation’s second-largest community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 780,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products