UBS Extends Hours

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Because the summer months are rough for the blood draw, UBS staff decided to operate seven days a week. The staff hopes the increase in hours will help with the slow summer.

According to Heather Knight, UBS marketing specialist, donations decrease during the summer for multiple reasons.

"Our high schools are out, so we're not holding blood drives at our high schools and that's really important for the blood draw," said Knight. "And a lot of people are on the road traveling or out of town, so they don't typically think about coming in to make a donation."

As donations decrease during the summer, blood usage increases. Knight says this is due to more accidents, athletes having surgery, and many others schedule surgeries during their summer breaks. That's why now more than ever, your donation is needed.

"Well right now we are needing RH negative blood types to come in," said Knight. "So if you know that you are a negative blood type those are very important to us at this time."

Platelet and plasma donors are also crucial right now. So to encourage your donations, UBS is treating those who donate Friday.

"We've got Free Lunch Friday, sponsored by Olive Garden. That goes from 11 to 2. Anyone who comes into the center to donate during that time frame, lunch is on us and on Olive Garden," Knight said.

There's even more incentive. Anyone who donates blood during the month of June will be entered to win tickets to a Talladega race and a three-day, two- night stay at a hotel in the Talladega area.

Immediate Red Blood Cell Needs: O-, A-, B-, AB- and B+
Immediate Platelet & Plasma Needs: A+, O+ & B’s

United Blood Services, at 1177 Bonita Lakes Circle, next to TJ Maxx, is open 7 days a week.

9 am – 5 pm
11 am – 7 pm
9 am – 4 pm
9 am – 4 pm
9 am – 4 pm
9 am – 4 pm
12 pm – 5 pm

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