Blood drive scheduled for Tuesday

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A blood drive supporting the same blood provider tapped by The Memorial Hospital is scheduled next week.

Bonfils' Blood Center, a Denver-based non-profit group that supplies blood to 89 Colorado hospitals and health care facilities, will hold this year's first local blood donation drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at The Center of

Craig.

Bonfils had visited Craig up to six times in recent years, according to Pam Thompson, TMH community relations director.

Just four drives are scheduled this year. Bonfils will return to Craig April 22, June 17 and Oct. 7.

"When we had that many, we didn't have as good of a turnout," Thompson said, adding that about 80 residents have donated blood in recent drives.

Appointments for Tuesday's drive are preferred but walk-ins will be accepted, she said.

Donors must be at least 18 years old or 17 years old with written parental or guardian consent, while there's no upper age limit, according to Bonfils.

Residents must also weigh at least 110 pounds, have no prior history of hepatitis or H.I.V. and pass a health and life-style screening.

All donations are encouraged regardless of blood type.

Blood that passes Bonfils' testing process will eventually be distributed to hospitals and health care facilities statewide.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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