Sioux Falls, South Dakota:
The 25th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive event concluded with a record setting collection of 1,071 total donations, which will save up to 3,213 lives in the Sioux Falls community. The previous record was set at 1,069 donation. The blood drive event held December 28th – January 8th was a competition between Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department. The final tally places the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, with 561 donation votes vs. the Sioux Falls Police Department with 510 donation votes, with the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue taking the win with this year’s event. During the blood drive event, donors could designate their donation to the department of their choice. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will present a $700.00 check to the Children’s Home Society, compliments of Citibank of Sioux Falls, SD. The Sioux Falls Police Department will present a $300 check to the Children’s Home Society.
“We called upon our residents for assistance during one of the key times of the year when our local blood supply is at its lowest levels. This year was even more concerning, with the COVID pandemic placing additional pressures on collections and usage at local hospitals, it was uncertain if we would reach our goal and provide the needs of patients in our growing city. Once again, the residents of our great city came forward to impact lives and provide hope to our hospital patients; families, neighbors and friends,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are grateful for the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Police Department, event sponsors and all of the donors that provide a special gift to our community through blood donation during the holidays. We continue to see a strong growth for the need for blood donations in Sioux Falls. If you missed an opportunity to donate blood with us at the Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive event, please consider joining us in January for National Blood Donor Month by logging onto cbblifeblood.org and select “events” for a listing of drives in the area and schedule your donation.”
Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative of Avera McKennan Hospital and Sanford Medical Center. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 36 local hospitals, including Sanford Medical Center, Avera McKennan Hospital, Sanford Children’s Hospital, Sanford Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Avera Specialty Hospital, V.A. Medical Center and Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.
Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of local blood donors.