Chester, SD – Chester High School will celebrate their 2000th donation of blood since the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile began visiting the organization in 1994. The blood drive, which takes place on March 22, marks the 48 blood drive event hosted with Community Blood Bank. The Chester High school staff members, students and community have donated over 250 gallons of blood used for patients in the local area.
Chester High School sponsor’s bloods drives throughout the year in partnership with the Community Blood Bank. “This is truly inspiring for Chester High School to celebrate such a tremendous milestone. A majority of those donating throughout the years were first time, high school students deciding to make the difference in their community through blood donation,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Chester High School for nearly 22 years. Because of the dedication of blood donors donating blood at Chester High School, blood is readily available for traumas, surgeries and the treatment of cancer.”
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.