FOX21 and Vitalant will organize a blood drive to support local health agencies; register here


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – FOX21 News and Vitality are preparing for an upcoming blood drive to help local health agencies tackle the nationwide blood shortage.

Colorado Springs is feeling the impact of the nationwide blood shortage, according to event coordinators. COVID-19 ended many blood donation events as natural disasters, car wrecks and other emergencies continued.

Courtesy of Vitalant

In fact, 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. Plus, every two seconds someone needs blood.

On Friday, October 8 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., participants will be able to donate blood that will be used locally for transfusions, organ transplants, research and trauma-related incidents.

Check your eligibility to donate here.

It is important to note that no walk-in will be accepted. To donate blood, participants must register before the event. The link to register is here. Use blood collection code: 20070

EVENT DETAILS

  • When: October 8, 2021 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Where: 560 Wooten Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 (across from FOX21 News, next to Kum & Go gas station)

Things to remember:
– Bring your ID
– Eat a healthy, low-fat meal within two hours of your donation
– Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water or a sports drink
– If you donate platelets, please do not take aspirin (or any medicine containing aspirin) within 48 hours of your donation.

For any questions about the event, email FOX21 News at [email protected]

ABOUT VITALANT

According to Vitalant’s website, the organization is the largest independent, non-profit blood service provider in the country, exclusively focused on providing vital blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services. Vitalant operates approximately 120 donation centers across the United States and is an internationally recognized leader focused on the experience, practice and application of transfusion medicine.