CHEYENNE, Wyo - Community bragging rights are on the line this week between students, parents, staff and alumni of Cheyenne East, South and Central and Triumph High Schools. Each school is teaming up with United Blood Services to see who can recruit more blood donors in the Premier Bone and Joint Centers High School Blood Drive Challenge.
Individual blood drives at each of the schools lead up to the Cheyenne Community blood drive on Friday, Feb. 16 in Frontier Mall next to Victoria’s Secret from 1:30 – 5:30 pm.
Each donor will be asked to vote for one of the four schools and will receive a free T-shirt representing the school they support. The school that recruits the most donors will take home a traveling trophy which South High has held onto three of the last four years. In the end, everyone wins across the community as the combined blood donations will help patients in need across Wyoming and beyond.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History Questionnaire ahead of time the day they donate. Blood donors must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors under 18 must have a completed Minor Donor Permit form which is available at unitedbloodservices.org. To make an appointment call 877-827-4376. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Thanks to presenting sponsor Premier Bone and Joint Centers, and to Black Hills Energy, Frontier Mall, Harvest Time Christian Fellowship and the Wyoming High School Activities Association for their support.
Headquartered in Denver, Blood Systems’ Mountain Division consists of Bonfils Blood Center operations in Colorado and United Blood Services operations throughout Wyoming, western Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota. Together, Bonfils Blood Center and United Blood Services need to collect approximately 3,500 blood donations each week to support patients at nearly 140 hospitals and healthcare facilities. The division includes 11 donor centers and operates an average of 250 blood drives monthly. Blood Systems, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, serves more than 1,000 hospitals across 28 states to provide comprehensive transfusion medicine services for patients in need.