Blood drives planned in Newcastle, Vermillion

Blood drives planned in Newcastle, Vermillion In awareness of American Heart Month, the Siouxland Community Blood Bank reminds you on how important volunteer blood donations are to cardiac patients and many others requiring blood transfusions.

National statistics show that on average, a heart surgery patient receives six units of blood during their procedure. Take this time to express your awareness by donating blood today.

"Donating blood is a gift from your heart to another that only costs a little bit of your time," said Janette Twait, CEO of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "To the recipient, whether it is a heart patient, a child with leukemia or a surgery patient, your gift is priceless."

People may donate blood in Vermillion Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vermillion High School, and Feb. 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at USD.

People may also donate blood at Newcastle, NE, Friday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Peter's Parish Hall. To be eligible to donate blood individuals must be at least 17 years of age; however there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health.

In addition donors need to weigh over 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration.

For more information about contact the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit their Web site at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org.

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