April is the perfect time to donate blood at Grand Junction's St. Mary's Regional Blood Center. Not only will you be saving a life, you'll save money on your spring gardening.

Anytime is a great time to give blood. Okay, so you can only do it so often. Each time you donate, though, you'll be saving up to three lives.

Now, by donating blood, you'll be saving 25% at a popular Grand Junction nursery. When you donate blood at the St. Mary's Regional Blood Center in April, you'll receive a 25% off coupon to Bookcliff Gardens.

I've purchased a number of items from Bookcliff Gardens over the years. I'm not much of a gardener, but I do enjoy planting evergreens around my property. They do very well in this climate, take up space (eliminating the need for a lawn in that area) and require surprisingly little water. Evergreens aren't always cheap, so the thought of saving 25% sounds pretty good.

When you donate, be sure to ask about the "Life Savers Club." This is a very cool program. When you join the Life Savers Club, you'll receive a way-cool punchcard. There are 10 notches on the card. Each blood donation gets you two punches. To complete the punchcard, you'll need to donate five times in 2018. Upon completing the card, you'll receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Better yet, you'll get your name on the very prestigious wall of fame.

Now is a great time to donate. It's quick, usually taking less than 30 minutes. The St. Mary's Regional Blood Center is conveniently located just off of 7th and Patterson. No appointments are needed.

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