Vermillion, SD-The 11th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive set a record collection at 94 donations toppling the old collection record set in 2014 with 86 donations. The blood drive held on Monday, January 23 was a friendly competition between Vermillion Law Enforcement and Fire Department / EMS. The departments did a great job encouraging donors to give the gift of live. In the end it was the Vermillion Fire Department / EMS bringing home the trophy with 57 donation votes vs. Vermillion Law with 53 donation votes.
During the blood drive donors could designate their donation to the department of their choice. All the blood collected helped local area patients.
“This was the largest blood collection that we have seen at the Heroes Behind the Badges events with 94 donations. There were 14 people that donated blood for the first time.” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are very grateful for all of the support to ensure an adequate blood supply and impacting lives. January is very difficult to keep up with the need for blood because of the strong cold and flu season. This was an overwhelming response from the community.”
Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative effort between Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to Vermillion Hospital since 1993. For more information about Community Blood Bank, donating blood or to schedule a blood drive log onto www.cbblifeblood.org.
On behalf of Sanford Vermillion, Community Blood Bank would like to thank the over 110 volunteer blood donors making the difference in the Vermillion community. A person must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of donation.