It’s Border War time for the Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming football teams, which means it’s also Border War Blood Drive time.
Now in its sixth year, the Border War Blood Drive is an annual competitive blood drive between University of Colorado Health’s Garth Englund Blood Center, with locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, and Cheyenne’s United Blood Services.
The competition runs Nov. 12 to Nov. 16. The blood center that collects the most blood donations during that week wins.
Border War Blood Drive schedule
- Nov. 12, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Café F meeting room in Poudre Valley Hospital. In addition, the bloodmobile will be parked outside of the main hospital entrance.
- Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bloodmobile will be parked outside of Newsom Hall on the Colorado State University campus.
- Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Inside the USDA building, Building B, 2150 Centre Ave., Fort Collins.
- Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Main conference room at the Larimer County building, 1501 Blue Spruce, Fort Collins.
- Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bloodmobile will be at Tolmar, 701 Centre Ave., Fort Collins.
Unlike the heated pigskin rivalry between the CSU Rams and Wyoming Cowboys, the Border War Blood Drive is a friendly competition. As a way to extend a hearty thank you from the blood centers, donors receive a special t-shirt sporting a Border War Blood Drive logo.
UC Health’s northern region, formerly known as Poudre Valley Health System, has won all six contests to keep the traveling trophy — a bronzed replica of a heart — at Garth Englund Blood Center.
The contest comes at a time — the beginning of the holiday season — when blood donations typically decline significantly. The reason is simple: The public’s collective mind is focused on turkey dinners, tree-trimming, eggnog and gift-wrapping rather than donating blood.
It’s also a period when blood needs sometimes increase due to poor weather conditions and icy roads, which cause or contribute to car accidents. There’s also another factor: By this time of the year, some insured people have met annual deductibles and want to undergo certain surgeries.
In short, having the contest in November helps blood centers avoid shortages.
It also saves money for local blood centers. If Garth Englund, which supports Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies, has to buy blood, it costs $229 for a unit of red blood cells and $610 for platelets.
So harness that competitive spirit, help your community and donate blood.