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Sioux Falls, SD- KELO Radio, Camille’s Sidewalk Café, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, and Community Blood Bank will host a “Rise and Shine” emergency community blood drive on Friday, July 30 from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Camille’s Side Walk Café (Corner of Grange Ave. & 41st St.). All who donates will receive an event t-shirt, Pork Producers squeezy pig, caramel and bacon brownies and free breakfast from Camille’s. The first 50 donors will receive a pair of West Mall 7 movie tickets.
“Throughout the last 6 weeks, there have been times where we’ve had extreme concern about how we will meet the demands placed on the blood supply throughout the day,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We have been at the brink of making difficult decisions on how to disperse our limited inventory and determining the fine line on how much blood to keep available to address emergency situations. We continue to see a large volume of elective surgeries, as the community seeks out medical treatment after the pandemic. At this point we are using anywhere from 18 – 30% more blood per week than before the pandemic began.”
Donor 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 by logging onto www.cbblifeblood.org and click on “events” and select July 30 on the calendar, select Rise & Shine or call 605-331-3222.
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 our local blood donors.