Watertown, SD- Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Watertown Radio, HyVee, Watertown Mall and Community Blood Bank will host the 10th Annual All American community blood drive on Thursday, June 29th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Friday, June 30th from 7:00am to 1:00pm at the Watertown Mall (east entrance). All blood types are in need to help with the holiday blood supply!
“The first few weeks of summer have been difficult keeping up with demands. We have been on the edge of a critical needs appeal and are in need of all blood types to keep up the supply,” states Rita Nelson, Donor Consultant, Community Blood Bank. “As more people travel on the road and water ways throughout the summer, unexpected situations that require blood transfusions occur more frequently. Maintaining healthy blood supply levels ensures quick response to those needs within the community and allows for seasonal upswings in blood usage. ”
Donors donating blood on either June 29th or June 30th will receive a special commemorative ALL AMERICAN BLOOD DONOR t-shirt and a free lunch, compliments of Hy-Vee, Watertown. For those who donate blood on June 30th between the hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am we will have free coffee and cinnamon rolls. Come out to visit with KWAT’s “What’s Up” on Friday beginning at 8:30 am. They will be broadcasting live from the blood drive.
Donors must be at least 17 years of age (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. Please bring an ID with you. It is recommended that donors eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood.
Community Blood Bank is proud to be the sole provider of blood and blood products to Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Watertown, SD for over 14 years, as well as 33 other area hospitals. Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or contact Prairie Lakes Healthcare System at 882-6860.
Walk-ins are welcome.