Community Blood Bank

Calling Sioux Falls Area Residents to Give Blood this Week

Community Blood Bank Calls Critical Blood Shortage!

Click HERE to schedule your donation at Sanford USD Medical Center: Donor Room Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / Tue, Thu: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Click HERE to schedule your donation at Avera McKennan Hospital: Donor Room Hours: Mon – Thu: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. / Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sioux Falls, SD- The demand for blood, at our local hospitals, continues to surge as more patients are requiring blood transfusion for surgeries, the treatment of cancer, and many other serious medical conditions. “A combination of population growth in the Sioux Falls area, along with the long term affects associated with the pandemic continue to place a heavy strain our overall blood supply”, says Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are looking for some help bring the blood supply up to stable levels and move past a severely critical blood shortage. Join us to give blood druing National Donate Life month. This is a time to remember how volunteers can impact a community by just the simple act of giving blood. Life is very unpredictable, but through the help of blood donors we can provide predictability maintaining an adequate blood supply for our community. Join in to save lives through this month of giving.”

Donors can impact local lives for scheduling their blood donation at Avera McKennan Hospital’s donor room (Avera McKennan, Plaza 2, 1301 S. Cliff Ave / 4th floor) or Sanford USD Medical Center (1305 W. 18th St., main lobby of the hospital). Click on the link to schedule your donation: or call us at 605-331-3222.

Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in northwestern Iowa, southeastern South Dakota, and southwestern Minnesota.  Giving blood is a short process that will change a patient’s outlook quickly. 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. Trauma patients will use up to 50 blood components throughout their healing process, a heart surgery patients will use up to 6 units of blood, and a cancer patients could use up to 100 units of blood through their treatment.  Volunteer blood donors can donate blood every 56 days and provide hope 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

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 Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.