Worthington, MN- Worthington / Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department and EMS will be competing to see who can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply in the 13th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” community blood drive. All who donate will receive a free Jimmy Johns sub meal and an All American Blood Donor t-shirt. All blood types are in high need!
The “fun competition” between the departments will be held on Tuesday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come in to donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.
Blood is needed each day in the United States to sustain the lives of patients in need. Whether used for surgery, traumas, during cancer treatment or other life threatening medical conditions, blood is used to provide hope. There are many blood suppliers throughout the country, some are very large blood providers, some a little smaller and others are hospital operated. Community Blood Bank is hospital operated with a joint shared resource of Avera and Sanford Health Systems, meaning when you donate on the bloodmobile the donation will go directly back to Sanford Worthington to save local lives.
“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 25%. Our hope is to keep 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 within the community and show your support for those who serve and impact the community in many ways.”