Blood centers: ‘State blood supply at dangerous levels’

Blood donation at Bonfils. Photo credit: Buckley Air Force Base

Blood donation at Bonfils. (Photo: Buckley Air Force Base)

DENVER — Heading into the holiday weekend, a Colorado blood center issued a request to Coloradans to help replenish the state’s dwindling blood supply.

According to Bonfils Blood Center, the state’s blood supply is at alarmingly low levels as Memorial Day weekend approaches.

Jessica Maitland, a spokeswoman for the center, said blood donations typically see a decline over Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer because people are out of town or spending more time outdoors.

While the urgency to recruit more blood donors increases every summer, Maitland added that the blood bank has experienced a particularly disproportionate ratio of supply versus demand over the past few months.

The imbalance has raised alarms about Colorado’s current blood supply levels.

“This year, 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,” she said. “This combination makes for a dangerous situation in our state so we’re asking residents of all blood types to help our state’s blood supply get back to a stable level.”

How to donate:

Bonfils Blood Center runs six community donor centers in the Denver metro area as well as one in Colorado Springs.

The center also operates several mobile blood drives in cities and towns throughout the state. Information and locations regarding upcoming drives can be found on the blood center’s website.