Donations needed at local blood bank

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The holidays are a busy time for everyone but that means fewer people are donating to local blood banks.

St. Mary's Regional Blood Center officials said they are in need of O negative and O positive blood types. They need 30 to 50 donations of red blood cells every day but this week their daily average dropped to less than 10.

They provide blood to 18 hospitals across Western Colorado and Eastern Utah, and their supplies are quickly running low, as red blood cells only last for 42 days.

"Only a small percentage of the population that is eligible actually does, so we hope that we see lots of our good donors this month and we will see folks who will donate for the first time.” said the Jennifer Rhamy the director of the St. Mary's Regional Blood Bank. "It's a wonderful way to give back to the community."

With each 30 minute donation, you can help save three lives.

If you would like to donate you can give them a call or walk-in.

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