Community Blood Bank

Giving Blood Saves Lives

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 in the country. Community Blood Bank is hospital-operated with a joint shared resource through Avera and Sanford health system.

Blood Donor Guidelines

Thank you for considering a blood donation with Community Blood Bank. Listed below are the general requirements for donating blood. 

  • Please provide personal photo identification i.e. Drivers License, State I.D. Card, Student I.D., Employee I.D. etc.
  • A donor must be at least 16 years of age or older. (16 year olds must have a signed parental consent form
  • A person must weigh 110 pounds or more. 
  • Medications: A person cannot donate if currently taking antibiotics for infection, or taking Accutane, Propecia, or Proscar. A person can donate if taking vitamins, birth control, or medications for allergies, blood pressure, thyroid replacement, female hormones, anxiety, high cholesterol, and most diabetes medications / injections, as well as many other medications. 
  • Shots/Vaccinations: OK to donate after allergy shots, influenza vaccination, tetanus shot. 
  • Cancer: OK to donate after curative treatment for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. For most other cancers, OK to donate one year after completion of all treatment (note exceptions below). 
  • Diabetics are OK to donate if controlled by medication or diet. 
  • Eating a good meal at least 4 hours prior to donating blood is highly recommended. 
  • Drink plenty of water or juice before and after donating. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 12 hours before and after donating. 
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 4 hours after donating. 

  • Cold / Flu / Not feeling well and healthy:  Deferred until feeling well and healthy. 
  • Pregnancy: OK to donate six weeks after end of pregnancy. 
  • Ear Cartilage or Earlobe Piercing: OK to donate, if performed with single-use device. If not, wait 3 months. 
  • Body Piercing: OK to donate, if performed in a South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, or Nebraska state-licensed facility. If not, wait 3 months.
  • Tattoo: OK to donate, if performed at a licensed South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota or Nebraska facility, otherwise wait 3 months from date of procedure. 
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination: OK to donate 28 days after vaccination.
  • Last Blood Donation: 56 days between whole blood donations. Sixteen weeks between automated double red cell donations. 
  • Blood Transfusion or Tissue Transplant: Must wait 3 months from the time of procedure. 
  • A person must wait 3 months following travel to malaria risk areas as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If person was resident in a malaria risk area, donor must wait three years upon entering the United States. 

If you have been diagnosed with AIDS/HIV infection. Have had melanoma, lymphoma, leukemia or other blood cancers.

Treat you and your body well after giving blood using these tips:

  • Eat well and increase your fluid intake for the next 24 to 48 hours.
  • Do not smoke for 30 minutes and avoid smoking areas.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for at least four hours.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting for about four hours.
  • Remove the Coban bandage after two hours.


If you feel unwell after donating, follow these guidelines:

  • If driving, pull over immediately and stop.
  • Lie down.
  • Loosen collar or neckwear.
  • If possible, seek a cool place and drink cool liquids.
Units of blood are needed every week to meet the needs of our local hospitals.

Blood Types

Community Blood Bank collects blood donations as “whole blood.” After donation, the blood is separated into its three components which can be used in various situations to save lives.


Controls bleeding as a clotting agent


Promotes clotting and provides nutrients to the body

Red Blood Cells

Carries oxygen throughout the body
Red Cells

Blood Types

If your blood type is:

Percent of Population with blood type:

You can give red blood cells to:

You can receive blood cells from:

















O+, A+, B+, AB+

A+, AB+

B+, AB+



A+, A-, AB+, AB-

B+, B-, AB+, AB-


O+, O-

A+, A-, O+, O-

B+, B-, O+, O-



A-, O-

B-, O-

AB-, A-, B-, O-

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Sanford Health

Donor Room (located inside hospital main lobby).
Parking available in front of building (valet service available)


Monday: 7am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Wednesday: 7am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 7am-5pm

Avera McKennan

Doctor’s Plaza 2, 4th floor (by skywalk)
Parking available in front of building (valet service available)


Monday: 8am-6pm
Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-6pm
Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-4pm

Dawley Farm

Parking located in front of building            (605) 322-7120


Tuesday: 11am-7pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm


If you have questions regarding blood donation, call us at 1-877-877-3070 or 605-331-3222, or
email Lauri Hoffmann, Program Coordinator: