Madison, SD- The Community Blood Bank and Madison Regional Health System will host a blood drive on Monday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 7:00am to 10:30am and 12:00pm to 2:30pm (both days) at the Madison Hospital. Community Blood Bank will be taking donations to benefit the local area blood supply.
“The cold and flu season has prevented many regular donors from being able to donate throughout the month of February,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “A requirement to donate blood states donors must feeling well and healthy. With many people suffering with either a cold or the flu we have seen a 20% drop in blood donations and depleting the blood supply significantly. We encourage community members that are well and healthy to consider donating blood during this difficult time to keep supplies at healthy levels.”
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an ID with you. It is recommended that you eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. It only takes 30 to 35 minutes to donate with Community Blood Bank.
Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 34 local area hospitals, including Madison Regional Health System. For more information call or to schedule an appointment call 256-8638. Walk-ins are always welcome.
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.