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

If you’re donating blood, please adhere to the following requirements:

  • Provide personal photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, state ID card, student ID, employee ID, etc.).
  • Donor must be at least 17 years of age or older (16-year-olds must have a signed parental consent form).
  • Donor 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, most diabetes medications/injections and many other medications.
  • Shots/Vaccinations: OK to donate after allergy shots, influenza vaccination or tetanus shot.
  • Cancer: OK to donate after curative treatment for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. For most other cancers, OK to donate five years after completion of all treatment (exceptions listed below).
  • Diabetics: OK to donate if controlled by medication or diet.
  • Eat a good meal at least four hours before donating blood.
  • Drink plenty of water or juice before donating. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 12 hours before donating.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 4 hours after donating.

*Please note that Community Blood Bank staff members will make the final determination on eligibility prior to the blood donation.

If you fulfill any of the following concerns, please wait before giving blood.

  • Cold/Flu/Not Feeling Well: Wait until you’re feeling better.
  • Pregnancy: OK to donate six weeks after end of pregnancy.
  • Ear Cartilage/Earlobe Piercing: OK to donate, if performed with single-use device (if not, wait three months).
  • Body Piercing: OK to donate, if performed in a South Dakota, Iowa or Nebraska state-licensed facility (if not, wait three months).
  • Tattoo: OK to donate, if performed at a licensed South Dakota, Iowa or Nebraska facility (if not, wait three months).
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination: OK to donate 28 days after vaccination.
  • Last Blood Donation: Wait 56 days between whole blood donations (16 weeks between automated double red cell donations).
  • Blood Transfusion/Tissue Transplant: Wait three months from the time of procedure.
  • Wait three months following travel to malaria risk areas as defined by the CDC. If person was resident in a malaria risk area, donor must wait three years upon entering the United States.

Do not give blood if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with AIDS/HIV infection or have certain risk factors.
  • Have had melanoma, lymphoma, leukemia or other blood cancers.
  • Have spent (cumulative) more than three months in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996.
  • Have spent (cumulative) five years or more in France or Ireland from 1980 through 2001.
  • Were a recipient of a blood transfusion in the United Kingdom, Ireland or France since 1980.

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



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