Summer is already a difficult time for Virginia Blood Services when it comes to donations, but with the wide-spread power outage the organization says they're in desperate need of blood.
Many donor centers were forced to close, and businesses had to cancel their blood drives last week due to the aftermath of the storm on June 29th.
Throughout the year, Virginia Blood Services relies on donations from students. With the storms and the slower summer donation pace, blood banks are in critical need for donations.
"Also families are often enjoying vacations and so those regular blood donors aren't there in the chairs for us at the same time we've got hospitals, their demands increase so we're working with a double edge sword, "says Marly Fausz, Communications Manager for Virginia Blood Services.
Virginia Blood Services is the sole provider for 20 hospitals in central Virginia including the University of Virginia Medical Center and Martha Jefferson Hospital. They need more than 400 blood donations a day, and one blood donation can save up to three lives
At Monday's Broadcasters for Blood Drive, Virginia Blood Services hopes to see a record number of donors.
The doors are open from 7 A.M. until 7 P.M. at the Double Tree Hotel near Wal-mart in Albemarle County. When donors arrive, they'll get a mini-physical, with the entire process taking less than an hour.
Free food will be served all day from area restaurants including Guadalajara, Chick-fil-A, Whole Foods, and Big Jim's BBQ.
Don't forget about some of the great door prizes people can win hourly like Target gift cards, Paramount theater movie tickets, month-long Gold's Gym memberships, as well as Charlottesville 250 VIP Gala tickets. One lucky person will also win the grand prize: a Crutchfield 40 inch Sony HD television.
This year the blood drive is having a special called "Double Up at the Double Tree". When people bring a friend with them to donate, they both receive double entry in the raffle for door prizes.
For more information on the blood drive or how you can donate visit vablood.org.