Mardi Gras ball tickets offered for blood donors _lowres

Photo provided by Kim St. Blanc -- In celebration of Mardi Gras, the United Blood Services mascot, UBIE, will be performing a second-line with donors at the Jan. 30 blood drive at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. The blood drive starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

This Mardi Gras season, United Blood Services is set to “laissez les bons temps rouler” by asking residents to donate blood to help save lives, a news release said.

“While enjoying la galette des rois (king cake) and catching doubloons, UBS will be working hard to ensure there is blood for you and your community,” said Kim St. Blanc, of United Blood Services in Lafayette.

Donors will receive a long-sleeved Mardi Gras T-shirt and a chance to reign at New Orleans’ Orpheuscapade Ball hosted by Krewe of Orpheus, St. Blanc said.

Anyone donating blood through Feb. 1 also will be entered into a drawing to win a New Orleans Mardi Gras ball package that includes a two-night stay at the New Orleans Marriott and two tickets to attend the Krewe of Orpheus Orpheuscapade Ball.

The Krewe de Orpheus ball is 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Feb. 16. The winner will be drawn Feb. 2.

In Zachary, donors will have an opportunity to give blood at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., in the staff development room from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

UBS needs all blood types in order to prevent shortages, and donors are encouraged to ask UBS staff members about qualifications for donating double red cells, according to the release.

Make an appointment to donate blood Jan. 30 by visiting, or visit the day of the blood drive and select “Health History Questionnaire,” which allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation online. To expedite the process, print your “fast track donation ticket” and bring it with you to the blood drive.

Photo identification is required of everyone who donates. All donors will receive a free cholesterol test.

For information, call (877) 827-4376.