Community Blood Bank

“Strong Ending to 27th Annual Sioux Falls Heroes Behind the Badges”

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Mother Nature poured on winter challenges at this year’s Heroes Behind
the Badges blood drive event. Record setting cold temperatures and a snow storm didn’t prevent
dedicated blood donors from coming out to give blood. The conclusion of the 27th year provided a win
to the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue with 598 donation votes and the Police Depart collected a total of 546
donation votes. The blood drive event held December 23rd – January 7th was a competition between
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department. During the event, donors could
designate their donation to the department of their choice. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will present a
$1,700.00 check to the Children’s Home Society, compliments of Citibank of Sioux Falls, SD. The
Sioux Falls Police Department will present a $1,300 check to the Children’s Home Society.
“We called upon our residents for assistance during one of the key times of the year when our local
blood supply historically is at its lowest, and the residents of our great city came forward to impact
lives and provide hope,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “We are
grateful for the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Police Department, event sponsors and all of the donors that
provided hope to over 3,432 local patients throughout the holidays. We continue to see a strong
growth for the need for blood donations in Sioux Falls. If you missed an opportunity to donate blood
with us at the Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive event, please consider joining us in January for
National Blood Donor Month by logging onto and selecting “events” for a listing of
drives in the area and to schedule your donation.”
Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative of Avera McKennan Hospital and Sanford Medical
Center. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 36 local hospitals,
including Sanford Medical Center, Avera McKennan Hospital, Sanford Children’s Hospital, Sanford
Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Avera Specialty Hospital, V.A. Medical Center and
Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota.