Community Blood Bank

January is National Blood Donor Month, Join in to Save Lives

Sioux Falls, SD- Community Blood Bank has partnered with Hy-Vee, Sioux Falls locations to recognize donors during National Blood Donor month during.  All who donate during the week of January 9th – 31st at Avera McKennan or Sanford USD Medical Center donor rooms, will receive a certificate redeemable for a FREE “Hy-Chi” bowl at any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee. To schedule your donation during National Blood Donor month log onto www.cbblifeblood.org and click on “register now”, select either Avera McKennan or Sanford donor rooms for information call Community Blood Bank’s Administration Office at 605-331-3222. 

According to ADRP (Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals), “One in seven patients entering a hospital require blood to be available. This ranges from trauma victims to patients battling sickle cell disease or Thalassemia, or ensure a successful organ or bone marrow transplant. Cancer patients use 25 percent of all blood donations and blood transfusions are needed in one out of every 83 newborn deliveries in America today, a rate that has increased by more than 50 percent between 2006 and 2015. The list goes on. Older Americans are among the most frequent donors. The rate of donations from those 65 and older increased by 15 percent between 2017 and 2019, a figure that should make us all proud. However, during that same time period, the percentage of younger donors who donated blood – those between the ages of 16 and 24 years old – decreased by double digits.”  

Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank, states, “Poor weather conditions has provided a challenge keeping up with demand for our community hospitals. Over the last few weeks, we have lost well over 500 blood donation, placing us at a severe blood shortage. We are requesting community members consider donating blood during this special recognition month and keep our blood supplies solid going throughout January.”

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org) weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.  Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate.  A valid identification is required at the time of registration.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood.  With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted at this blood drive event.  For additional information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org.