Children's Hospital Colorado

Donating Blood at Children's Hospital Colorado

Note: As of July 10, Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering complimentary antibody testing for COVID-19 for every successful donation.

Safely donate blood and platelets during the coronavirus pandemic

Our Blood Donor Center needs your help. We are asking our community to help us ensure we can continue to meet the transfusion needs of our patients. If you're able to donate blood or platelets, please call 720-777-5398 to be screened over the phone and to schedule an appointment.

Colorado's evolving coronavirus safety guidelines allow community members to leave home to provide lifesaving blood donations.

Keeping donors safe is our top priority

We're proactively taking precautions to prevent exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) such as: disinfecting all shared surfaces in between donors, screening all donors and technicians, spacing chairs 6 feet apart and providing food sealed in individual packages.

Learn about the many measures we have in place to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Additional places to donate blood

Convalescent plasma donor information

If you previously had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test and are fully recovered, antibodies in your blood may be helpful for patients facing critical illness due to COVID-19. We're now seeking convalescent plasma donors who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 14 days symptom free (no cough, fever or shortness of breath)
  • Have proof of a confirmed positive COVID-19 test
  • Also meet the eligibility requirements to donate blood (listed below)

Call 720-777-3557 or email ConvalescentPlasma@childrenscolorado.org to see if you qualify.

Become a blood donor today

Every year at Children's Hospital Colorado, sick and injured infants, kids and teens receive more than 8,000 units of lifesaving blood products. Without blood donations from our caring community, many of the critical procedures we perform in our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Heart Institute, Center for Children's Surgery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and other departments across our hospital would not be possible. Your donation gives these children a better chance for a healthy life.

A woman donates blood at the Donor Center at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Blood donation does not cost money and requires little time. It does, however, make a big difference.

Children's Colorado has devoted volunteers who donate blood on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we can still run short during times of crisis or with children that have a very specific need. Help us maintain a steady supply of the wide range of blood products that kids need.

To make an appointment to donate, please call 720-777-5398. Or, find out where we're hosting mobile blood drives in the upcoming weeks.

Am I eligible to donate blood?

  • In the past 3 months have you traveled out of the U.S. (excluding Canada)?
  • Have you received a tattoo and/or piercing in the last 3 months?
  • Are you currently taking antibiotics for an active infection?
  • Do you weigh less than 110 pounds?
  • Are you under 17 years old?
  • Do you currently feel unwell?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please call us to review your eligibility.

Where we're located

The Blood Donor Center is located at our hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, on the first floor of the Administrative Pavilion. 

Blood Donor Center hours

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call 720-777-5398. Or, email your questions to donate4kids@childrenscolorado.org.

Types of blood donations

Other services we provide

Autologous blood donations are donations a patient provides for their own use later.

Directed blood donations are not accepted unless approved by a Transfusion Medicine Physician under rare circumstances, such as patients with extremely rare blood types. We still welcome your blood donation which will be made available to any child in need and helps to replace units transfused to our patients.

Children's Colorado in the news

Colorado Public Radio

Convalescent plasma proves to be promising COVID-19 treatment

May 7, 2020

Dr. Kyle Annen explains how convalescent plasma is used as a treatment for COVID-19 and why some donors choose to give back in this way.

ABC News

First facility in Colorado to collect life-saving convalescent plasma

April 2, 2020

Under Dr. Kyle Annen’s leadership, we were the third facility in the nation to collect antibody-rich plasma in order to help our adult hospital partners battle COVID-19.

Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon™ Raises $1.35 Million for Children’s Colorado

March 5, 2019

Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon™ raised $1.35 million for Children’s Colorado, a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network®. The two-day Radiothon was broadcast event featured stories of hope and healing.

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