Colorado's blood supply is at dangerously low levels.
Bonfils Blood Center only has enough blood for one day. The organization's goal is to maintain a five-day supply.
Now, Bonfils Blood Center is asking people to donate before the start of the holiday weekend.
“Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer where we see donations decline because people are out of town or they’re enjoying the beautiful Colorado sunshine” says Jessica Maitland, with Bonfils.
“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.
The O- blood type will always be needed as it’s the universal donor type and can be given to any patient in an emergency situation before his or her blood type is known. People with the A+ and O+ blood types make up 71 percent of the population so these types are more frequently transfused. Blood types A-, B+, B-, AB+ and AB- collectively comprise about 22 percent of the population.
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.
List of Mobile Blood Drives in the next week and a half:
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.)
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.)
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org