Thursday, September 21, 2000
Steamboat Springs The Bonfils Blood Center and Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary got their wish in Steamboat Springs on Thursday.
"We broke our record by 20 units (of blood)," the auxiliary's Terry Sherrill said. "We collected 199 units with 223 people coming in to give blood. Some of them were deferred for various reasons."
The old record of 179 units of blood was established in July, and Sherrill said the trend has encouraged Bonfils to bring a couple more chairs and perhaps another screening station when it returns to the Steamboat Springs Airport Dec. 19.
Bonfils' Jessica Maitland said the blood center must collect 2,300 units of blood every week in order to meet the demand in Colorado.
Sherrill was impressed by the turnout this week.
"It was overwhelming," Sherrill said. "It was the best blood drive we could have imagined. When Bonfils returns in December, it will be a season of giving, so hopefully we can do real well."
The 24 people who sought to donate blood, but were declined, may have fit into a wide range of scenarios.
Anyone who had a bout with the flu in the last three weeks, had visited a dentist within 24 hours, or had their ears pierced in the last year, for example, may have been sent away with a thank-you.