“Battle of the Badges” urges people to donate blood

A friendly competition between law enforcement agencies encourages the community to donate blood.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Throughout the week, the West Fargo Fire and Police Departments team up with Vitalant in the fourth annual Battle of the Badges. More than 100 donors had the option to vote for Team Fire or Team Law. Team Fire is the defending champions, but Vitalant says the donations are a win-win for everyone. “The police…

Vitalant Testing Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Blood donors looking to see if they have necessary antibodies to fight off a new COVID-19 variant for immunocompromised patients are turning to Vitalant. The antibodies in convalescent plasma can give COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems an extra boost to help fight the disease. It’s used to help patients in a critical state of need…

Blood shortage crisis raises concerns locally at Vitalant

Vitalant in Fargo is actively recruiting potential donors ages 20 to 45 as current donors continue to age out.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — “When you donate blood, you’re literally saving someone’s life which is just awesome and it doesn’t take much to do it,” Roberta Pytlik of Fargo said. A nationwide blood shortage is impacting hospitals and blood banks across the country. Vitalant Regional Director of Donor Recruitment Jennifer Bredahl says it’s impacting doctors and patients. “Physicians are having…

Regional Blood Supply is Plummeting, Vitalant Urges People to Donate

"When you donate, you are saving a life."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Red River Valley is experiencing a critical blood and platelet shortage. Vitalant is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment as soon as possible. “We have got a skyrocket of usage and we don’t have enough donors. We typically know how blood donations need to be used throughout the year, but with this pandemic,…

Vitalant Is Facing A Blood Shortage

The organization says there's less than a four-day supply of most blood types to meet a patient's needs.

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR)– On World Blood Donor Day, Vitalant is asking for all eligible donors to donate blood as the non-profit is facing a shortage. The organization says there’s less than a four-day supply of most blood types to meet a patient’s needs. Type O blood is below a two-day supply. This type is used in trauma situations….