Community Blood Bank

Calling Canton Blood Donors, All Blood Types Needed

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Canton, SD- Canton United Methodist Church and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, April 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Canton United Methodist Church (621 E. 4th St., Canton, SD). The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the community. Donors can schedule an appointment by logging onto, selecting April 5th and Canton United Methodist Church or calling 605-331-3222.  

“As we see the number of people diagnosed with COVID decline, Community Blood Bank is hopeful the more people will be eligible to give blood and assist in strengthening the local blood supply,” says Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “There is a very large demand for blood to treat patients. We are seeing more people seeking medical care as the pandemic threat lifts. There is a higher concentration of people needing surgeries and treat serious medical conditions that require blood transfusions.”

Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in southeastern South Dakota.  Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and people undergoing surgery. When a person chooses to give blood, they potentially will save up to three lives. The blood is separated into components of platelets, plasma, and red blood cells. Each components has the potential to be transfused to a local patient requiring one of the specific product. It only takes 30 minutes to give and the impact is felt by friends and family of the patient requiring the blood to sustain life. You can donate blood every 56 days.   

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation.  Please bring an I.D.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating.  For more information log onto or call Community Blood Bank at (605) 331-3222.  Community Blood Banks is a nonprofit, cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health and the sole blood provider to Sanford Canton Inwood Medical Center. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.