It’s Time for D5’s Annual Southeast Denver Gives Blood Drive! Give Blood, Give Life – #SEDenverGivesBlood
Submitted by D5 Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
Every two seconds, an adult or child in the U.S. needs blood. Every day in our country, patients in hospitals, surgical centers and emergency treatment facilities need approximately:
- 29,000 units of red blood cells
- 5,000 units of platelets
- 6,500 units of plasma
Blood donation is one way to help support our neighbors in need and our community as a whole. Join us during Council District 5’s Annual Southeast Denver Gives Blood Drive from January 1-31, as our office again partners with Lowry’s Vitalant Blood Donation Center. Our goal is to collect 75 blood donations in one month, which will save as many as 225 lives. We hope you’ll help and join our effort!
To make an appointment go to bit.ly/SEDenverGivesBlood22, which will take you to the D5 Facebook event page; then click the unique link to book your appointment.
Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Their Lowry location at 717 Yosemite St., just north of the Great Lawn, is the largest of the nine Vitalant centers in Colorado. To meet the demands of their hospital partners throughout our state, Vitalant must collect more than 3,000 blood donations each week. At the time of this writing in late November, Colorado had a one- to two-day supply of blood, indicating a high need for donations. To learn more about current national and regional blood supply, visit americasblood.org/for-donors/americas-blood-supply/.
You can give blood at any Vitalant location and still participate in #SEDenverGivesBlood. Visit vitalant.org to learn more, find out if you’re eligible to donate, how to donate funds if you can’t give blood, and more. All donors, regardless of COVID-19 or any other vaccination status, are needed for blood, platelet and plasma donations. To learn more about Vitalant’s COVID-19 FAQs and safety precautions, go to https://www.vitalant.org/Hidden-Pages/COVID-FAQs.
o double-check that your donation counts towards our goal, you can also mention the Southeast Denver Gives Blood Drive when you check-in at the location when you donate. If you feel moved to do so, please use your social media channels to share a photo of yourself giving blood with #SEDenverGivesBlood. I am excited to again partner with Vitalant to support our community through blood donations. Thank you to those who are willing and able to join us in donating blood during January at Vitalant.
I hope 2022 is off to a great start for you and your family! As always, feel free to contact our office at [email protected] or 720-337-5555 with comments or questions. Go to the D5 website for community updates and resources: bit.ly/D5Website; sign up to receive our monthly newsletter and updates at bit.ly/Council5News, and we’ll also keep you apprised of developments as they happen through our social media: