Sioux Falls, SD- KELO Radio, Camille’s Sidewalk Café, South Dakota Pork Producers Council and Community Blood Bank will host an “Rise and Shine” emergency community blood drive on Friday, July 31 from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Camille’s Side Walk Café (Corner of Grange Ave. & 41st St.). Currently, local blood supplies are at a critically low status, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an overall decrease in supplies by 50%. All who donates will receive an event t-shirt, Pork Producers squeezy pig, peanut butter bacon cookies and free breakfast from Camille’s and the first 50 donors will receive a pair of West Mall 7 movie tickets.
“Simply put, we need donors to make an impact in the local blood supply for local patients,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are experiencing our lowest blood supply levels in over 20 years. The need for blood is increasing as we see many elective procedures being schedule throughout the area. Support your local blood supply and local heroes by joining us in saving lives in the Sioux Falls area. Donating blood is a safe and essential needs action that can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Blood Bank follows strict guidelines provided by the FDA, CDC and the Association of Blood Bank to provide a safe, socially distanced and clean environment for donors.”
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 31 on the calendar, select Rise & Shine. For information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call 605-331-3222.