September 10, 2016 has been established as National Blood Donation Day, and United Blood Services in Lafayette is offering special incentives to donors.

The proclamation for Louisiana comes from Governor Edwards. It was the result of Dr. Daliah Wachs, syndicated radio personality, and United Blood Services, the American Red Cross and blood banks across the country teaming up together, in efforts of reversing the decline in new blood donors and to encourage active blood donors to continue donating on a regular basis.

Donors can make aa appointment to give blood at or by calling 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376).   With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services’ Hero in Me rewards program. Also, donors who donate on September 10 will receive a free movie ticket and a commemorative 9-11 t-shirt, while supplies last.

United Blood Services’ hours of operation on Saturday, September 10 are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

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