Deer Valley wants your blood this Halloween
Deer Valley could have been a pirate, a pumpkin or a princess for Halloween, but, for the third straight year, it’s going as a Vampire.
The Third Annual Transylvania Tea Party will take place on Oct. 31 at two locations at the resort: at Snow Park Lodge from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at Silver Lake Village across from the fire station from noon to 4 p.m.
The blood drive is sponsored by Deer Valley and Stein Eriksen Lodge and will be conducted by ARUP Blood Services, the sole providers of blood for University Health Care, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Primary Children’s Hospital and Shriners’ Hospital for Children. Blood is used for patients with a recent bone marrow transplant, in cancer recovery, or who have had burns, trauma, surgery or illness.
"As a resort we like to get involved in the community and a few years ago we had a few employees who thought it would be a great idea to host a blood drive and we decided to have it on Halloween and we just kind of ran with the theme," said Judy Westgard, Human Resources manager at Deer Valley.
Westgard said the event has grown in each of its two years and hopes are that the trend will continue. In order to keep up with demand, ARUP needs at least 75 donors per day.
"Last year we had 75 donations and the year before that we had 33 donations," she said. "I would love to see 125 donors, that would be great. That would be outstanding."
Going along with the Halloween theme, participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
"While costumes are optional, we definitely encourage people and the phlebotomists to wear them," Westgard said. "It’s something that will be both fun and beneficial. In the past we’ve had Dracula and many other costumes."
Many of the employees at both Deer Valley and Stein Eriksen participate each year, including Westgard, who said she uses the "just don’t look" technique while donating.
"It’s been pretty great," she said. "It’s definitely not too scary, even though it’s Halloween. I just don’t look and it’s over in a matter of a few minutes."
"The 75 donations we had last year supplied 150 usable products for ARUP Blood Services, so if you donate you’re not just helping one person, you’re helping several," she continued. "It’s a great cause and well worth it."
Even though 60 percent of the United States’ population is eligible to donate, ARUP statistics show that less than five percent actually do. The process takes about 15 minutes, which includes screening, donating and recovery. Donors must be at least 18 years of age and 110 pounds.
"Bring a photo I.D., and eat a good meal and drink extra fluids before donating," Westgard said. "We will accept walk-ins, but if someone would like to schedule an appointment they can contact Deer Valley resort human resources at (435) 645-6654. We will also provide light refreshment from Stein Eriksen Lodge and Deer Valley Bakery, such as cupcakes and cookies to donors."
To check eligibility to donate or to answer any other questions about blood donations, visit http://www.utahblood.org online.
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