Barbara Hughes: Steamboat blood donors answer the call |

Barbara Hughes: Steamboat blood donors answer the call

Giving the gift of life was certainly a great way to start the year. Blood supplies across the country are low right now because donations drop during the busy holiday season. That trend continues into January when cold and flu season prevents some regular donors from giving.

Steamboat Springs donors once again answered the call and came to the Jan. 10 blood drive at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center conducted by Vitalant — formerly Bonfils Blood Center. The 116 units collected were enough to save or enhance the lives of up to 348 patients.

In addition to thanking all of the donors, I also have to thank our wonderful volunteers and Soda Creek Pizza and Honey Stinger who continue to provide complimentary pizza and yummy snacks for all of the donors. Another big thank you to the local newspaper, the Chamber and all of the local radio stations who help to spread the word about upcoming drives.

Don’t miss your opportunity to save lives. The next community blood drive will be held on March 21. I look forward to seeing you there.

With sincere gratitude,

Barbara Hughes

Volunteer blood drive coordinator

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