FORT COLLINS, Colo. - There is an urgent lead for blood donors in northern Colorado.
Mandi Bornhoeft, manager of the Garth Englund Blood Center, says donations typically drop off during the holidays, then pick up in early January.
This year, that donation increase has yet to happen.
“Now we’re calling on everyone in the community to help at this critical time,” said Bornhoeft. “Many community members have been avid donors, but we need more people to join in this important way to help others in our community.”
The Garth Englund Blood Center services Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies.
During the holidays, employees at those facilities donated their own blood to help fend of shortages, but a person can only give a pint of blood every 56 days.
Each year, donors give about 9,700 pints of blood, but the facilities need 12,000 pints.
Buying blood from other blood centers costs anywhere from $280 for a pint of red blood cells to $690 for platelets.
If you would like to donate, call 970-495-8965 to schedule an appointment in Fort Collins or 970-624-1550 to schedule an appointment in Loveland.
You can also make an appointment online at pvhs.org/bloodcenter.