Give, give, give. The Snowmass Rotary seems to always be asking the public in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond to give. The weekend before last we asked people to join us at the annual Snowmass Wine Festival by giving us a few bucks for a ticket.
More than 600 people gave, not to mention those who joined us for the Vintners Dinner at the Artisan Restaurant and partook in both the silent and live auctions. Thousands of dollars were raised and those funds are earmarked for a number of philanthropic projects both in the valley and beyond.
Now we are asking the public to give again. This time we are not asking for your money. No, this time we want your blood. The bloodmobile from St. Mary's Blood Center in Grand Junction will roll into Snowmass Village on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The bloodmobile will be parked in the Alpine Bank parking lot and will be accepting appointments from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The biggest question people have when it comes to giving blood is regarding their eligibility. And the good news is that almost everyone eligible. According to Sherri Burns, recruiter at St. Mary's Blood Center, to qualify you must be more than 16 years old (16 and 17 year olds must have parental consent), be more than 110 pounds and for the most part, if you are on medications, that is OK. The only reason to stay away is if you are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
We urge you to come out on Oct. 10 and give a little bit of yourself. For questions regarding criteria, please call the St. Mary's Blood Center at (970) 298-2555 and to schedule an appointment please email John Sanders with the Snowmass Village Rotary at firstname.lastname@example.org.