Community blood drive is July 28 in Irene

Community blood drive is July 28 in Irene Every three seconds, someone needs blood. It could be a family member, friend, maybe even you. The blood supply in southeast South Dakota and the region is critical to the health and well being of local patients. Local donors make sure the supply of blood is adequate to meet patient needs every day.

You can help by donating blood on behalf of local patients. The Community Blood Bank bloodmobile will be visiting Irene for the first time Monday, July 28 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

Community Blood Bank is the sole supplier of blood to hospitals in southeast South Dakota including Viborg, Freeman, Vermillion and Sioux Falls. Blood donated July 28 will directly help local patients through Community Blood Bank.

Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative effort of Sioux Valley and Avera McKennan hospitals in Sioux Falls to provide a safe, cost effective supply of blood to over 20 hospitals in southeastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota.

Community Blood Bank bloodmobiles visit towns in the area many times a year to help replenish the local blood supply. Reid Holsen, executive director of the Community Blood Bank said donating blood in Irene is vital to the local and regional blood supply.

"The blood donated in Irene on July 28 with Community Blood Bank comes back to help local patients. Because local donors help supply the blood, the supply is safe and cost effective. We are excited that donors in Irene will be helping to save lives right here at home," Holsen said.

Blood transfusions are critical in surgeries, treatments of many diseases and in emergency trauma situations at local hospitals in southeast South Dakota, and when patients seek further treatment at hospitals in Sioux Falls. Approximately 500 units of blood are needed each week.

If you would like to help, please make an appointment to donate blood Monday, July 28. Donors can call Norma Gran at 263-3313 for more information. Walk-ups are also welcome. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, be in good general health and weight at least 110 pounds. Donating blood on the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile takes just 25-30 minutes.

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