Give Blood: 2009 Bonfils Blood Drive Calendar
February 2, 2009
Bonfils Blood Center offers many opportunities to donate blood in Grand County this year. Katie Olson, community donor representative says that they are “extremely impressed with Grand County donors and hope it continues to grow.”
But the demand is still great. According to Olson, 60 percent of the entire population of Colorado is eligible to donate while only 4 percent actually do.
With a weekly demand of 4,000 donations per week, supply is a challenge to meet and every pint is much appreciated.
Bonfils likes to remind potential donors of how easy it is to participate. With several mobile blood drive locations in Granby, Fraser and Kremmling, all with several dates, participants can donate on a regular basis. Every 56 days is the rule.
The biggest users of the donated blood are cancer patients followed by accident and surgery patients. Blood must also be stored in case of larger scale emergencies. Nearly 200 Colorado hospitals and other health care facilities benefit from the efforts of Bonfils and from the kindness of participants.
Registration is simple and can be done by phone or the web. For those who have donated in the past, Bonfils will call two weeks in advance to make the appointment. All registered donors are given a courtesy reminder call one week in advance.