Beat Colorado's summer heat with a smooth and creamy treat. This is the best deal in Grand Junction - a free pint of ice cream in exchange for a pint of your blood.

Save lives, and get some tasty ice cream, in a variety of flavors no less, with the St. Mary's Regional Blood Center. Now's the perfect time to donate.

During the month of August, you'll receive a free pint of ice cream when you donate blood. Seriously, you'll get it right then. It's not a matter of getting a certificate which you then take to the store. Donate, get ice cream.

First question - How has the blood donation process changed since the pandemic? I have to admit, I haven't donated blood since March. There are a few new guidelines in place:

  • Appointments are required to help us spread everyone out
  • Mask are required. Please have yours on when you arrive
  • Temps will be taken prior to entering the building or bloodmobile

Appointments can be made by calling 970-298-2555.

Why should you donate? I'll give you two good reasons. First, you'll feel great about saving lives. Second, look at Grand Junction's weather outlook for the week of August 4 through 7. I'm not an ice cream person, but looking at the forecast, even I would go for something cool right about now.

National Weather Service

If you've never donated blood before, please give it a try. Start to finish, you're looking at about 20 to 30 minutes tops. About ten of those minutes involve answering questions, most of which aren't that personal. Most of the questions ask if you've ever had a disease you've probably never heard of.

You'll find the blood center at 750 Wellington Avenue in Grand Junction. Donation hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Think about how great you'll feel with the knowledge you're saving lives. Think how great you'll feel enjoying a pint of delicious ice cream in Western Colorado's 100-degree August heat. Take part in August's blood drive campaign, and give a pint for a pint.

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