Charity Vitalant and UCHealth are sponsoring a two-day blood donation drive in Steamboat Springs on March 22-23, and blood donors in March will be put into a $10,000 grocery prize.
Vitalant is inviting all eligible blood donors to sign up in order to assist patients in the face of a prolonged blood shortage exacerbated by adverse weather. According to Vitalant, adverse weather conditions around the country halted blood drives, preventing numerous donations in February, including more than 760 in Colorado and the surrounding region.
Donors of all blood types are essential in assisting patients with ongoing and emergency needs. Type O donors are especially needed because O-positive blood is the most common and O-negative blood can treat patients of all blood types.
The blood drive will take place from 12:30-6 p.m. March 22, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1155 Central Park Drive across the street from UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. The second day of the drive will be 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 23, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Donation appointments can be made online at Vitalant.org and use blood drive code 0234.
Blood donors can be age 16 or older with parental permission or 18 and older without and should be at least 110 pounds, in good general health and at least 10 days out from resolved COVID-19 symptoms. Potential donors can learn more at Vitalant.org/blood-donation-requirements. Vitalant notes that about 62% of the U.S. population may be eligible to donate blood.