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Tuesday, December 22: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/WatertownHeroesBehindtheBadges
Wednesday, December 23: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Dec23WatertownHeroesBehindtheBadges
Watertown, SD- Watertown Police and Fire Departments will compete to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply during the holidays in the 19th Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges”.
The blood drive event will be held on Tuesday, December 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Watertown Mall. The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. The first 300 donors will receive a $5 Beef Bucks, compliments of Hy-Vee, County Fair Foods, and Coteau Hills Cattlemen’s Association. All who donate will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five $100.00 Beef Bundles, compliments of Coteau Hills Cattlemen’s Association, Dakota Butcher and the Beef Industry Council. Midwest Ag Supply and Veterinary Service will donate 1 pound of dog food to the Glacial Lakes Human Society and $1 to the Watertown Salvation Army for each person registering to give blood at the Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive. The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year.
“Currently, Community Blood Bank is teetering on the brink where supply and demand is almost the same and we are maintaining about a two days supply of blood on hand. Community Blood Bank is tirelessly working to meet the needs of our hospitals, including Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, to ensure blood is available in the treatment of cancer patients, traumas, surgeries and to treat COVID patients with convalescent plasma,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We foresee difficulties in maintaining a sold blood supply for our community in the next 3 to 6 months, as we battle critical blood shortages locally. There is really no outside assistance available from other blood banks, as we are all experiencing the same tragic shortages. If community members are serious about offering help during the pandemic, consider giving someone life by scheduling a time to give blood to Community Blood Bank, the only local blood provider and support your local Heroes.”