Sioux Falls, SD- Outback Steakhouse, Sioux Falls, SD and Community Blood Bank will partner up to save lives at the “Beefing Up the Blood Supply” special community blood drive event held on Friday, October 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Outback Steakhouse, Sioux Falls, SD (2411 S. Carolyn Ave.). The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the hospital during the fall season. All blood donations will go directly to saving patients’ lives in Sioux Falls hospitals. All who donate will receive an event t-shirt and thank you gift, compliments of Outback Steakhouse.
Every three seconds someone needs blood, and the only way to ensure that those needs are met is to rely on volunteer donors to donate blood. The need for local blood donors is immense. The Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the Sioux Falls region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery.
“The late fall can be a difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With people addressing elective surgeries before the end of the year and a consistent need for blood for many types of medical treatment, data shows a steady increase in usage as we go through the fall season.”
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. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at (605) 331-3222.
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 associated with any other blood bank organizations.