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With Blood Supply Dangerously Low, Bonfils Pleads For Donors

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DENVER (CBS4) – The Bonfils Blood Center is warning the blood supply is dangerously low heading into the holiday weekend.

According to Bonfils, the need for blood donors is at its highest level of the year and they are requesting that Coloradans donate blood to help get the supply back on track.

In a statement, Jessica Maitland, vice president of marketing and community development at Bonfils, said with Memorial Day being the unofficial kickoff to summer, donations decline because Coloradans leave town to enjoy summer destinations.

“However this year we’ve seen fewer donors than usual since March and in the last two weeks our hospital partners have been utilizing more blood than usual,” Maitland said. “This combination makes for a dangerous situation in our state, so we’re asking residents of all blood types to help get our state’s blood supply back to a stable level.”

LINK: Bonfils Blood Center

Additional Information From Bonfils Blood Center

There are several ways donors wanting to give blood can do so. Bonfils operates six Denver Metro area Community Donor Centers as well as one in Colorado Springs. There are also several mobile blood drives happening each day in various communities around the state. Below is list of some upcoming drives for the next week and a half:

Mobile Blood Drives:

Where you can give blood May 23
Pueblo West Pueblo West Library at 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd (11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Evergreen Evergreen Library at 5000 Hwy 73(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Loveland Walmart at 1325 N. Denver Ave (8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Highlands Ranch Walmart at 6675 Business Center Drive (11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Where you can give blood May 24
Longmont Farmers Market at 9595 Nelson Road (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Broomfield Paul Derda Rec Center at 13201 Lowell Blvd (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Black Hawk Gilpin County Rec Center at 250 Norton Road (9 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Where you can give blood May 25
Brighton Northern Hills Christian Church at 5061 E. 160th Ave (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Evergreen Buchanan Rec Center at 32003 Ellingwood Trail (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Castle Rock Walmart at 4400 Front Street (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Pueblo Shrine of St. Therese at 300 Goodnight Ave (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Donating blood is a safe, easy and free way you can give back to your community and Bonfils strives to make donating as convenient as possible. Call Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2 or schedule an appointment online to give blood.

If you’re unable to donate blood but would still like to support Bonfils’ lifesaving mission, please contact Bonfils’ Foundation at 303.739.4000 or by emailing foundation@bonfils.org.

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