Brookings, SD- Brookings Health System and Community Blood Bank will partner up to save lives at a special summer community blood drive event held on Thursday, June 7 from 7:30 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in at the hospital during the month of June. All blood donations will go directly to saving patients’ lives in Brookings. All who donate will receive a special All American blood drive t-shirt and a free meal, compliments of Brookings Health System.
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.
“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 40%. Our hope is to start the summer months strong with an ample blood supply and keep this momentum moving to avoid any summer blood shortages. Join us to save lives at Brookings Health System and show your support for those who serve and impact the community in many ways.”