First Mermaid Connections Blood Drive a Success

Brief Reminders – Mistyoga hosting Mermaids this Saturday 4/18 from 5-9. More details here. The Lego Movie at The Ute Theater this Thursday 4/16 at 7 pm. More details here. Renew Rifle Spring Clean Up Saturday 4/25 from 8-12. More details here.

Mermaid Connections sponsored a blood drive on Monday, April 6th at the 2nd Street Lot (2014 Farmer’s Market Site) in Rifle, Colorado. During the three hour time period, Mermaids (Shelley Aibner, Anna Kaiser, Cieja Montgomery, Elissa Nye, Sue Stockman) and community members donated sixteen pints of blood at the St. Mary’s Blood Mobile. These donations of life saving blood are used in hospitals across the Western Slope.

With a heartfelt THANK YOU to our community members who gave graciously of their time and blood at the first Mermaid Connections Blood Drive. Without you, our hospitals would not be able to save those in need of blood donations.

Blood Drive

Pictured from left: Cieja Montgomery, Wendy Sondgeroth, Cindy Scott, Michael Whisenant, Sue Stockman Photograph taken by Elissa Nye. Thanks Elissa!

We, also, had a wonderful crew of phlebotomists from St. Mary’s on hand who were efficient and friendly. They certainly knew how to draw blood!

A warm and grateful shout out of appreciation to the following Rifle businesses for giving permission to post a Blood Drive poster at your location:

Alpine Bank (including Call Center), B & B Plumbing/Heating, Blush Salon & Spa, City Market – Rifle, Colorado River Fire Rescue – Station 41, Columbine Ford, Community Banks of Colorado, Farm Fresh Cafe, GarCo Rifle Annex, Garfield County Courthouse – Rifle, Garfield County Fairgrounds (Grounds Maintenance & Colorado Extension), Garfield County Public Library – Rifle, Grand River Student Health Center, Jean’s Printing, Lady Bug Express Floral & More, Lety’s Salon, Micro Plastics – Rifle, Micro Solutions, Misty’s Yoga, Napa Auto Parts – Rifle, Rib City Grill, Rifle Animal Shelter, Rifle Chamber of Commerce, Rifle City Hall, Rifle Middle School, Rifle Police Department and Court, Rifle Vacuum Shop, Rocky Mountain Dispensary, Rocky Mountain Liquors, Schmueser & Associates, Shooter’s, Spevere Chiropractic, Starbucks – Rifle, Subway – Rifle, Thai Chili Bistro, The Whole Works, Timberline Sporting Goods, Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, Twisted Studios Boutique, Valley Lumber, Western Rockies FCU, and Wing Nutz Bar & Grill.

MermaidConnections plans to host additional blood drives on a quarterly basis at the same site if it is available. The next drive will be sometime between June and August 2015 depending on St. Mary’s blood mobile scheduling. Information on future Mermaid Connections blood drives will be posted on our website as well as in the Citizen’s Telegraph and Rifle businesses.


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