Vermillion, SD- Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and Community Blood Bank will partner up to save lives at a special All American community blood drive on Wednesday, July 19 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in at the hospital during the month of June. All blood donors will receive a great All American t-shirt and a free lunch.
Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery. Donating blood is a simple way to save patients lives in the community. Without volunteer blood donors donating blood throughout the summer, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain an adequate supply of blood for community hospitals.
“As we enter the summer months, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With many summer activities and vacations occurring, people forget to give blood throughout the summer. Summer is traditionally a time when there is a higher occurrence of accidents and injury as people travel on roadways and water ways, thus increasing the need for blood.”
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 Sanford Vermillion Medical Center at 677-3617.
Community Blood Banks is a nonprofit, cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health and the sole blood provider to Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and 33 other local hospitals. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.