VHS students honored at blood drive Monday

VHS students honored at blood drive Monday The Siouxland Community Blood Bank recognized National Honor Society students at Vermillion High School for outstanding participation in blood drives held during the 2004-2005 school year.

Donor Recruitment Supervisor, Kris Hartje, of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank presented a 'Certificate of Appreciation' at Vermillion High School on May 9 during the blood drive.

Vermillion High School has played an important role in helping the Siouxland Community Blood Bank achieve its mission of providing a safe and dependable blood supply to area hospitals.

Whether blood transfusions are used to treat cancer, disease, surgery, or trauma incidents, community blood drives are critical to maintaining the blood supply.���

The role of younger Americans in providing blood donations will play a more critical role as America's population becomes older. Our aging population will add to a decreasing donor base while blood demands will continue to rise.

The students have demonstrated that our youth is ready to play a part in helping save lives in their community.

To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years of age (16 in Iowa with a signed Siouxland Community Blood Bank consent form); 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 the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit the blood bank's Web site at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org

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