Community urged to team up with lifesavers in uniform at annual two-day blood drive

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) - At the end of Day 1, Firefighters are leading with 10 donations. Police have 6.

The Cheyenne Police and Fire Departments need the community’s help as each tries to bring in more members of the community on their behalf in the Guns and Hoses community blood drive. Blood donors are asked to give in honor of Team Law (Blue) or Team Fire (Red) while helping ensure area hospitals maintain an adequate blood supply for patients, especially with the influx of tourists expected in the state for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

The Guns and Hoses two-day blood drive is at two locations:
Wednesday, Aug. 9
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Frontier Mall
Near the Food Court
1400 Dell Range Blvd.

Thursday, Aug. 10
1:30 – 5:30 pm
Public Safety Center
415 W. 18th St.

All donors at Guns and Hoses will get a free T-shirt, enjoy free food and will be registered to win prizes awarded hourly.

The police department won the inaugural event last year. The winner gets bragging rights and takes home a traveling trophy, but in the end the entire community wins, teaming up to save lives together. The hope is as many as 80 blood donors will participate in this year’s two-day event. Every blood donation has the potential to save or enhance up to three lives.

Blood donations drop in the summer months when more people are on vacation and yet patient need remains constant year round. United Blood Services is asking donors to especially consider giving blood at this time to ensure an extra supply is on hand later in the month, when the Aug. 21 solar eclipse draws additional people into Wyoming.

To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17-year-old donors need a minor donor permit which is available online) and be in good health.

Donors can save time and fill out their Fast Track Health History Questionnaire online at the day of their donation.

Guns and Hoses is generously sponsored by Frontier Mall, Black Hills Energy, Jonah Bank of Wyoming, Spradley Barr Auto Group, Harvest Time Christian Fellowship and Blue Federal Credit Union.