United Blood Services wants Acadiana residents to know that every three seconds, someone gets a needed blood transfusion that will save their life.

UBS is enticing you to make that life-saving donation today.

For those who donate a pint of blood today they will receive the following:

  • A Halloween donor shirt
  • A coupon for a FREE pint of Blue Bell ice cream
  • A coupon for a FREE pretzel from Auntie Anne's pretzels
  • One entry to win a $100 Visa Card
  • Food provided at UBS by Whole Foods

Spokeswoman Mitzi Breaux also wants residents to know that they always are looking for donations of all blood types, but they are most in need of O negative type blood. O negative is the universal blood type.

Because the blood donations are down, they platelet donations were also down. Doctors need platelets for cancer patients and for use during surgery.

If you can donate, please get more information at http://www.UnitedBloodServices.org. You can also call 337-235-5433 or you can go to http://www.bloodhero.com to make your appointment to give blood.

Here are some requirements to donate:

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

Want to take some time off of the donor process, you can get your Fast Track Health History done the day of your visit by going to http://www.UnitedBloodServices.org.