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KRRO Radio, Dakota News Now, Scheels, HuHot, D.Q. (Minnesota Ave.) and Community Blood Bank will host a spring blood drive on Friday, May 22 from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. at Scheels (41st St. & Western Ave.). The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the hospital during the Memorial Day weekend.

According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the blood community applauds those individuals who have selflessly responded to the call for blood donations during this time. Since blood has a limited shelf life, the need for blood donors always exists. The need for blood donations from individual volunteers will remain throughout the pandemic to continually replenish the blood supply and ensure availability for patients in need. The U.S. blood supply faces an unprecedented situation with a multitude of blood drives canceled as organizations and businesses temporarily close. It is important to emphasize that the need for blood remains during the pandemic and countless patients across the nation will continue to rely on blood donors to help provide a life-saving component of their health care.”

“It is extremely important to continue to keep blood supplies at strong levels for the community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With so many businesses either closing temporarily or sending staff to work from home, it has been difficult to even find enough organizations able to host a blood drive event. We request the community’s support at this blood drive, as we move into the Memorial Day weekend, and encourage residents to give blood that will directly save lives in our community.”

Blood 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 fluid prior to donating blood.  With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted at this blood drive event.  To schedule an appointment donors can log onto www.cbblifeblood.org and click “donate” to find the Lend an Arm blood drive information and appointment link.  For information call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070.

Community Blood Banks is a nonprofit, cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital and the sole blood provider to the Sioux Empire. Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with any other blood bank organizations.