Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery. Donating blood is a simple way to save patients lives in the community. Without volunteer blood donors donating blood throughout the summer, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain an adequate supply of blood for community hospitals.
“As we enter the summer months, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With many summer activities and vacations occurring, people forget to give blood throughout the summer. Summer is traditionally a time when there is a higher occurrence of accidents and injury as people travel on roadways and water ways, thus increasing the need for blood.”
For more information or to make an appointment please call Avera Holy Family Health Lab at 712-362-6456. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with signed parent consent), be in good general health and weigh at least 110 pounds. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. Donating blood on the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile takes just 30-35 minutes.