Children's Hospital Colorado

Donating Blood at Children's Hospital Colorado

Safely donate blood and platelets during the coronavirus pandemic

Our Blood Donor Center needs your help to ensure we can continue to meet the transfusion needs of our patients throughout the pandemic. 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're proactively taking precautions to prevent exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), including 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.

Give blood at Children’s Colorado

Every year at Children's Hospital Colorado, sick and injured kids receive more than 8,000 units of lifesaving blood products. About 95% of that blood comes from our Blood Donor Center, thanks to generous people in our community.

Donating blood doesn’t take long or cost money, but it makes a big difference. Your donation gives kids a better chance for a healthy life.

How blood donation helps kids at Children’s Colorado

Without blood donations, many critically needed procedures at our hospital would be impossible. Our specialists perform blood transfusions in many departments across our hospital, including our:

Without our donors, we’d need to purchase blood from outside donor centers. Your blood donation helps us meet our children’s needs at the lowest cost possible.

Many volunteers donate blood regularly, but we can run short during a crisis or when caring for kids with special medical needs. Your donation helps maintain a steady, readily available supply of blood products, so every child gets the treatment they need.

Learn what to expect when donating blood.

Types of blood donations we accept

The rarest blood type is one that isn’t available when a child needs it. We need donors who represent all four blood types: O, A, B and AB. We gratefully accept these types of volunteer blood donations:

  • Whole blood donations: Providing red cells and plasma
  • Apheresis platelet donations: Providing platelets, plasma or red blood cells (learn more below)

Please note: Our Center does not accept directed or autologous blood donations. We rely on donations from volunteer donors and cannot designate blood for a particular patient. We strictly comply with all FDA regulations to ensure the safest blood possible for our patients. Thank you for understanding.

Blood donor eligibility

Many people don’t realize they’re eligible to donate blood. Expand the windows below to learn about current eligibility requirements.

And remember, even if you’re unable to donate blood for transfusion, you may qualify to donate blood for research programs at Children’s Colorado. You can also sign up to sponsor a mobile blood drive.

Apheresis platelet donations

Platelets help your body control the bleeding process so your blood can clot properly. Chemotherapy and radiation can destroy platelets. Kids who have cancer, leukemia or blood disorders, or who receive a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, need platelet transfusions to fight infection and heal safely.

Healthy people can donate platelets during a procedure called apheresis. During apheresis, a machine separates your blood into components. We keep what we need and return the rest to you.

You can donate platelets every two weeks; donation takes about two hours. We provide movies, WiFi and refreshments while you donate.

Blood Donor Center hours and location

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

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

Platelet donation appointments are available:

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets

Please make an appointment to give blood today by calling 720-777-5398. You can email questions to

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