Baltic, SD- Baltic High School and Community Blood Bank are hosting a community blood drive in Baltic to ensure an adequate blood supply for the community through the first months of 2019. The community blood drive is scheduled for Baltic High School from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Friday, March 15. All blood donations will stay local for local use with all blood types in immediate need.
“Volunteers coming forward to donate blood is the only way to secure the blood supply for the Baltic area. Giving blood with Community Blood Bank will directly impact the lives of patients in need at local area patients. Community Blood Bank is the only local blood source and is not associated with other blood bank entities,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We have seen a drastic decrease in blood donations due to poor weather conditions for the last several weeks. Many blood drives have been cancelled reducing overall collections by 35%. Our hope is to see community members to come out and give blood to support the supply at local area hospitals as we go through the winter season.”
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org, call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070.
Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.