Sioux Falls, SD – Minnehaha County Administration will celebrate their 2000th donation of blood since the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile began visiting the organization in 1993. The blood drive, which takes place on March 9, marks the 51 blood drive event hosted with Community Blood Bank. The Minnehaha County staff members, visitors and community have donated over 250 gallons of blood used for patients in the Sioux Falls community.
Minnehaha County Administration sponsor’s bloods drives throughout the year in partnership with the Community Blood Bank. “With organizational support that is provided by businesses like Minnehaha County Administration insures an adequate blood supply for our community throughout the year and directly impacts our community patients,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Minnehaha County Administration for nearly 24 years. Because of the dedication of blood donors donating blood at the Minnehaha County Administration Building, blood is readily available for traumas, surgeries and the treatment of cancer.”
Individuals can safely donate blood every 56 days. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a sign consent form found at cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating.
Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Aver McKenna Hospital established in 1976. Community Blood Bank is a self-sufficient organization because of the loyalty of local blood donors and is not affiliated with any other blood bank entity.