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KELO Radio, Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’ and Community Blood Bank Host the “Rise & Shine” Community Blood Drive to Boost Local Supplies

Community Blood Bank, KELO Radio, Camille’s Sidewalk Café and the South Dakota Pork Producers Council will host the annual “Rise and Shine” community blood drive on Friday, August 2 from 6:30 am to 11:00 am at Camille’s Sidewalk Café (corner of 41st St. & Grange Ave). All blood donations will benefit the summer blood supply for local Sioux Falls hospitals. All who donate will receive a special event t-shirt, free breakfast, compliments of Camille’s Sidewalk Café and the first 50 donors will receive a pair of movie tickets. 

 “The summer has been one of the most difficult to keep up with the demand for blood in recent years,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “There have been many weeks where our usage is outpacing collection by 35%.  Our hope is to end the summer season strong with an adequate blood supply and keep this momentum moving to avoid any summer blood shortages.  When you join us to save lives within the community it provides hope to many families and friends going through an extremely difficult time.  We are asking for all blood types to donate blood, allowing us to address emergencies and critical care immediately.” 

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 our community hospitals.    

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), 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.  Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.  For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at 605-331-3222.