Community Blood Bank

Two Area Blood Drive Events Scheduled to Improve Local Supplies

Rock Rapids / Sheldon, IA– Central Lyon High School and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 13th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the community. Donors can schedule an appointment by logging onto, selecting April 13th and Central Lyon High School or calling 605-331-3222.  Additionally, Citizen’s State Bank of Sheldon will host a community blood drive event on Friday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The community can schedule a donation appointment by calling the Citizens’ State Bank at 712-324-2519, walk-ins are welcome.

“During April we celebration National Donate Life month. This is a time to remember how volunteers can impact a community by just the simple act of giving blood, states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With just 30 minutes of time a donor can provide an incredible gift to a cancer patients, a person going through a difficult surgery, and helping a trauma patients with a life or death situation. Life is very unpredictable, but through blood donors we can provide predictability maintaining an adequate blood supply for our community. Join in to save lives through this month of giving.”

Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in northwestern Iowa, southeastern South Dakota, and southwestern Minnesota.  Giving blood is a short process that will change a patient’s outlook quickly. When a person chooses to give blood, they potentially will save up to three lives. The blood is separated into components of platelets, plasma, and red blood cells. Each components has the potential to be transfused to a local patient requiring one of the specific product. Trauma patients will use up to 50 blood components throughout their healing process, a heart surgery patients will use up to 6 units of blood, and a cancer patients could use up to 100 units of blood through their treatment.  Volunteer blood donors can donate blood every 56 days and provide hope 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, 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 or call Community Blood Bank at (605) 331-3222.  Community Blood Banks is a nonprofit, cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital and the sole blood provider to Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.