Save a Life: Blood Donations Needed

Somerset Academy Lone Mountain and 6th grade teacher at the school, Angelo Casino for Nevada State Board of Education District 1, are teaming up to host a blood drive to help Vitalant aid the Las Vegas community combat severe blood shortages during this coronavirus outbreak.

The need for blood is constant in our hospitals and emergency centers. All blood types are critically needed right now, with an especially high need for type O, A-negative and B-negative red blood cells. As well, COVID-19 survivors have immune-boosting antibodies in their blood that may be the key to a treatment. By donating plasma, people are contributing to vital research that can save lives.

Donate on Friday, May 29 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Somerset Academy Lone Mountain
4491 North Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89108
Check-in will be in the multi-purpose room.

Book Your Appointment

To book online click on this event direct appointment link and use sponsor code: SALM or call 877-25-VITAL. It is strongly encouraged that people make appointments.

The U.S. Surgeon General and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have designated blood donation as an essential activity, encouraging healthy and eligible donors to continue to donate even amidst COVID-19 response measures. From coast to coast, all Vitalant centers continue to deploy strict precautionary measures to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including:

  • Taking donors’ temperatures upon check-in (staff self-monitor their temperatures)
  • Requiring face masks or cloth-based face coverings (donors and staff)
  • Disinfecting donor-touched and other high-touch areas often and after every donation
  • Ensuring social distancing to keep donors and staff safe.

Your Donation Matters

Vitalant—the nation’s largest nonprofit, independent blood collector—serving the local community here in Las Vegas has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Shelter-in-place orders led to 205 blood drives canceled since early March in Southern Nevada alone, resulting in a loss of 5,438 uncollected blood donations. That, coupled with a resumption of surgeries and other medical procedures as stay-at-home restrictions were lifted, has caused a 25% increase in the need for blood during the past several weeks.

About Angelo Casino

Angelo Casino is a Las Vegas teacher running for Nevada State Board of Education in District 1. With extensive experience in the classroom, Angelo’s daily interactions with his students continue to inspire him to advocate for their futures. As a teacher at Somerset Academy Lone Mountain, his passion for helping students both excel in their studies and give back to the community is evident through his role as Community Service Director, where he connects students with organizations such as Project 150 and Three Square, along with local nursing homes and food pantries. Angelo believes there is nothing more important than the future of education and hopes to continue being an advocate for both students and teachers if elected. #EducationFirst. For more information, visit or 

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