It’s that time of year for pumpkin flavored treats, costumes and colorful leaves, but it’s also time for the annual Houska Automotive Blood Drive! In its 22nd year, the blood drive will take place on Friday, October 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Garth Englund Blood Center, located at 1025 Pennock Place in Fort Collins. All who donate are encouraged to come in costume. To sign up or for more information call 970-482-0156 or visit

“Donating blood takes only minutes and one pint of blood could potentially save three lives,” said LJ Houska, president of Houska Automotive. “Each year, the event has a lot of community support, and we hope doing this around Halloween makes it fun and inspires people to sign up to donate.”

There is even further incentive to donate. Participants who donate a pint of blood will receive a gift card for a pint of ale at CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing. An easy trade of a pint for a pint. Plus, each person who donates will be entered for a chance to win a free set of four Goodyear tires.

To be eligible to give blood, donors must be at least 18 years old, or 17 with a parent’s permission, and show photo identification. Donors are advised to eat a good meal before their appointment.

Blood donations stay local, helping those in our community. Blood donations made at the UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center supplies Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and Longs Peak Hospital.

Donating blood has been a longtime commitment for the Houska family and just one of the many ways they give back to the community. The Houska Automotive Annual Blood Drive has brought in more than 835 blood donations and new donors since it started.

About Houska Automotive
Houska Automotive is a multi-generational business, with Dennis Houska as the second- generation owner and current president of Houska Automotive. For three generations, Houska Automotive has taken care of cars and their owners, with a firm conviction that Fort Collins is one of the best places to live and raise a family. For more information about Houska Automotive, visit the Houska Automotive website at

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