Children's Hospital Colorado

Donating Blood at Children's Hospital Colorado

Safely donate blood and platelets during the coronavirus outbreak

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.

Keeping donors safe is our top priority

We are 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.

Donating blood is allowed during stay-at-home orders

The stay-at-home (also called shelter-in-place) order has caused more cancellations, and it’s important for healthy potential donors to know that blood donation is an essential function. It is allowed under the Governor’s order, just like exercising in the park or walking your dog.

In preparation for your blood donation at Children’s Colorado in Aurora:

  • We will provide donors with a safe passage letter when you make your appointment.
  • Keep this letter with you. We have not heard that authorities will be stopping people to question whether they should be traveling, but if this changes and you are stopped, you will be ready. Just show the letter to any enforcement officer.

Additional places to donate blood

Become a 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 12 months have you traveled out of the U.S. (excluding Canada)?
  • Have you received a tattoo and/or piercing in the last 12 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.
  • ​​Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

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

Mobile blood drive hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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.

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