Although the improvement in the blood supply has helped, an "urgent" need for all blood types still exists. A number of donors came forth and gave blood as asked, but additional donations are needed this week.
"Some improvement has been made, but there is still more progress that is needed to reach and maintain a dependable blood supply," said Janette Twait, CEO for the Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "If donors have not yet had a chance to get to the blood center or their community blood drive, their help is still needed in order to ensure blood products are available for future patients in 35 area hospitals we service in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota."
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank asks individuals to donate if they are at least 17 years of age (16 in Iowa with a Siouxland Community Blood Bank signed parent consent form); there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. In addition, donors need to weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration.
Donors can donate blood at 1019 Jones Street in Sioux City today until 6pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.�
For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit its Web site at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org.