Make a stop at the bloodmobile |

Make a stop at the bloodmobile

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations.

Friday, the Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club will host a blood drive from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Hospital bloodmobile parked at River’s restaurant, and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Sopris Elementary School on Mount Sopris Drive.

The American Association of Blood Banks, in conjunction with America’s Blood Centers and American Red Cross, is celebrating National Volunteer Blood Donor Month in January to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood.

In an effort to thank the many blood donors and volunteers who have made life-saving contributions, AABB offers its “A Million Thanks,” a five-minute, professionally-produced video. Blood donors rarely have an opportunity to see and hear the remarkable, life-saving effects their donations have.

“A Million Thanks” features heartfelt testimonials of children, young adults and other patients, and family members whose lives have been directly touched by life-saving blood transfusions. The video is available by e-mailing the AABB at or by calling the organization at (301) 907-6977.

Everyday in the United States, approximately 38,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. The AABB’s goal is to help ensure blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed.

Donors should bring identification to Friday’s blood drive to meet age requirements. For any questions about donor eligibility, call the St. Mary’s Blood Center in Grand Junction at (970) 244-2066.

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