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Sioux Falls, SD- Community Blood Bank is seeing a very high demand for blood and blood products moving into the holiday season amidst the challenges associated with the COVID pandemic.

“The good news is collection is up with many residents beginning to understand our community’s need for blood donations,” said Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “There is a glimmer of hope, as residents are responding to our pleas about coming in to give blood at our donor rooms and mobile blood drives. There is still an issue with demand outpacing the collection we are currently at. The needs are high with so many people requiring surgery, as they put off their critical care as long as they possibly could. It is so important that we continue to see donors of all blood types, along with new donors, giving blood the closer we get to the new year.”

CLICK THE LINKS TO SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION TIME AT ONE OF OUR EMERGENCY POP-UP COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK:

Monday, December 14: Adrian EMS Hall, (201 Main Ave.) Adrian, MN from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. APPOINTMENT LINK PROVIDED: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/AdrianCommunityBloodBank

Thursday, December 17: Jason Ahrendt – State Farm Agency, (5109 S. Cliff Ave. Ste. 800), Sioux Falls, SD from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. APPOINTMENT LINK PROVIDED: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/JasonAhrendtStateFarmBloodDrive

Friday, December 18: Hy-Vee, (East 57th St.) Sioux Falls, SD from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. APPOINTMENT LINK PROVIDED: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/HyVeeEast57thStreet

Avera McKennan Donor Room (Avera McKennan Plaza 2, 1301 S. Cliff Ave., 3rd floor, donor parking by valet area) Sioux Falls, SDMonday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PLEASE CALL 605-322-7111 OR CLICK ON THE LINK TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT: http://cbblifeblood.org/donate/donation-locations/

Sanford USD Medical Center Donor Room (1305 W. 18th St. / Main Hospital Locken Lobby, Donors are to use valet parking), Sioux Falls, SD: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PLEASE CALL 605-333-6444 OR CLICK ON THE LINK TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT: http://cbblifeblood.org/donate/donation-locations/

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org) weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.  Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate.  A valid identification is required at the time of registration.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted.  To schedule your appointment donors can log onto www.cbblifeblood.org