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12:47 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - This is a great time to give back to the community and one great way to do that is by giving blood, something that is especially needed right now.

Bonfils Blood Center's have sent out an alert that their supply of blood has hit a critical low point and they need more blood donations. They are especially in need of O-negative blood donations but are hoping for donations of all types.

Because of the recent bitter cold temperatures and bad weather Colorado had last week, blood donations were lower than usual. However, blood usage actually increased over the same time period because of more cases of emergency and trauma situations, plus the routine surgeries and medical treatments that go on this time of the year.

Although they need all types of blood donations, they are particularly low on O-negative blood. This is the universal donation type of blood used in emergency situations before a person's blood type is known and becomes even more needed during winter holidays.

Right now, Bonfils says they only have a half-day's supply of this crucial type of blood and are worried they might have critical supply issues during the upcoming holiday weeks. This is a state wide problem that could affect any of us if we were to get in an accident or otherwise need an emergency blood transfusion.

Not only is donating blood simple but it's also a great way to give the community a holiday gift. And giving back to the community is a fantastic way to remember what the holiday season is all about.

To donate you can call the Bonfils' appointment center at 303 363-2300 or 1-800-365-0006 option 2. You can also schedule an appointment online at https://donors.bonfils.org/.

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