News Release - June 27, 2011
Bonfils Blood Center Aids U.S. Military Blood Needs
DENVER (June 27, 2011) – Bonfils Blood Center is one of eight community blood centers across the nation to support the military’s blood needs when called upon through a partnership with America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and the Department of Defense. Today, Bonfils will join its partners in an effort to provide staggered aid to our Armed Forces with shipment of blood products.
Bonfils was able to fill the military’s request for blood products without adverse impact to the community blood supply. However, as the July Fourth holiday approaches blood donations tend to dramatically decline. Bonfils encourages the public to come forward and make an appointment to donate blood over the next several weeks to ensure that we continue meet our community’s blood needs. Additionally, donors who give blood now through Aug. 20 will receive a special Bonfils insulated tote bag in appreciation of their donation. Call 303.363.2300 or visit www.bonfils.org to schedule an appointment.
Bonfils, in conjunction with a national agreement made by ABC, a network of community blood centers that collects nearly half of the nation's blood supply, is designated as one of eight national "hub centers" to provide blood to the military during wartime. While the military collects its own blood and relies foremost on that blood for its troops, Bonfils was prepared to fulfill part of the military blood needs not met by primary sources.
For nearly 70 years, Bonfils Blood Center has successfully managed the community blood supply and played an integral role in Colorado’s healthcare system. Bonfils Blood Center supplies blood to nearly 200 healthcare facilities and needs to collect nearly 3,000 blood donations weekly to meet the needs of the community and to be prepared for any unexpected events. For information about Bonfils Blood Center please call 303.366.2000 or visit www.bonfils.org.