GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — You can save a life by donating blood, and your local blood donation center at St. Mary’s Hospital is in desperate need of donors right now.
Local blood donation centers are not the only ones struggling, the shortage is nationwide.
January is typically a low blood donation month across the U.S., which is why it’s been declared National Blood Donor Month.
The combination of cold temperatures, seasonal illness, and the holiday rush leaves many blood donation centers in trouble.
Locally, St. Mary’s serves patients across the Western Slope, and even parts of Utah with blood transplants.
To make this happen, the good folks at St. Mary’s need your help.
Yesterday, we only saw nine people in our donor center. We need ot see about 25. Right now we are in need of ‘O-‘ which is the universal blood donor… which means we can give it to anyone in an emergency, and right now we have two fresh ‘O-‘ on our shelf. By next Wednesday, we have 7 that need to go out, and Thursday we have 14. As you can tell, two is not going to cut it.Sherri Burns, St.Mary’s Hospital
In spirit of donor month, St. Mary’s is giving free cholesterol screenings to anyone who donates during the month of January.
For more information on how you can donate, click here.