Beat Colorado's summer heat with a smooth and creamy treat. This is the best deal in Grand Junction - a free pint of ice cream in exchange for a pint of your blood.

Save lives, and get some tasty ice cream, in a variety of flavors no less, with the St. Mary's Regional Blood Center. Now's the perfect time to donate.

During the month of August, you'll receive a free pint of ice cream courtesy of City Market when you donate blood. You don't have to go to City Market to get the ice cream; they have it right there at the blood center.

There has been a decrease in the number of blood donations recently.  We understand that you are busy, but it is the blood on the shelf when emergencies happen that save lives.  Donate blood at the Blood Center during the month of August for a free pint of ice cream.  - St. Mary's Regional Blood Center

If you've never donated blood before, please give it a try. Start to finish, you're looking at about 20 to 30 minutes tops. About ten of those minutes involve answering questions, most of which really aren't that personal. Most of the questions ask if you've ever had a disease you've probably never heard of.

You'll find the blood center at 750 Wellington Avenue in Grand Junction. Donation hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Think how great you'll feel with the knowledge you're saving lives. Think how great you'll feel enjoying a pint of delicious ice cream in Western Colorado's 100-degree August heat. Take part in August's blood drive campaign, and give a pint for a pint.