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Sioux Falls, SD-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, July 27 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 and free breakfast, compliments of Camille’s Sidewalk Café.

Blood is needed each day in the United States to sustain the lives of patients in need. Whether used for surgery, traumas, during cancer treatment or other life threatening medical conditions, blood is used to provide hope. There are many blood suppliers throughout the country, some are very large blood providers, some a little smaller and others are hospital operated. Community Blood Bank is hospital operated with a joint shared resource of Avera and Sanford Health Systems, meaning when you donate on the bloodmobile the donation will go directly back to local area hospitals to save local lives.

“The summer months are considered some of the most difficult when keeping up with the demand for blood products within our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “There are many weeks where our usage is outpacing collection by up to 30%. Our hope is to keep summer blood collection strong and maintain this momentum moving forward to avoid any summer blood shortages. Join us to save lives within the community and show your support for those who serve and impact the community in many ways.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds 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 blood. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at 331-3222. Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with any other blood bank organization and takes pride in being self-sufficient, thanks to the generosity of our dedicated community donors.