Bonfils Blood Drive

Give the gift of life - donate blood. Each week, Bonfils Blood Center needs more than 4,000 donors to meet the needs of our community and to be prepared in case of an emergency. Friday, November 19, 1:00-6:30 p.m at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

It's a great time of year to give! According to the American Medical Association, giving blood is good for you too! To schedule an appointment, please call (303) 363-2300 or visit their website.

Ever wonder who the Center is named for? Dr. Osgoode Philpott and philanthropist Helen G. Bonfils opened the first blood bank in Colorado on February 27, 1943 at what is now the University of Colorado Hospital. Helen named the Center the Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Bank, after her beloved mother. In 1954, the name changed to reflect its medically advanced services and became The Bonfils Blood Center.

Want to learn more about Helen Bonfils?

Photo of the altruistic Helen Bonfils and her fiance, George Somnes, courtesy of the Western History and Genealogy Digital Image Collection.

Written by Tara on November 18, 2010

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