24th Annual Sioux Falls Heroes; Save Local Lives

Donate Blood to Support Local Patients in Need
March 14, 2020

24th Annual Sioux Falls Heroes; Save Local Lives

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: On December 26 2019, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department will kick off their 24th annual blood drive competition. The friendly competition will run until January 4. The public is encouraged to come into either Sanford Medical Center (333-6444) or Avera McKennan Hospital (322-7111) donor rooms and designate their blood donation to the department of their choice.

Donors can choose a specially designed “Police” or “Fire” T-shirt for donating blood at the donor rooms (while supplies last), a certificate redeemable for a free appetizer to Texas Roadhouse (compliments of Texas Roadhouse) and a certificate for a free breakfast burrito at Taco John’s® is also offered to all who donate.

The public can also donate at various blood drive locations hosted by both departments with the kick-off event at the HyVee (Minnesota Ave.) and Camille’s Sidewalk Café on Thursday, December 26:

  • Donate in honor of the Sioux Falls Police Department at Camille’s Sidewalk Café (41st St. & Grange Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive a free lunch and a T-shirt designed by the Sioux Falls Police Department.
  • Donate in honor of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue at HyVee (3000 S. Minnesota Ave.) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and receive a free breakfast and a T-shirt designed by Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

The department with the most donations will contribute $700 to the charity of their choice. Second place will donate $300 compliments of Citibank.

“This special event provides 100% of all blood required for the community’s patients throughout the holidays, saving hundreds of patients at a time when blood is needed the most,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “It is imperative that we have strong collections throughout the holidays to maintain a solid local blood supply for traumas, surgeries and many other medical situations.”

Help your Sioux Falls Police and Fire Departments help the community by donating blood this season. For more information and a complete blood drive schedule for Heroes Behind the Badges, go to www.cbblifeblood.org, www.kelo.com or call (605) 331-3222.

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