The winter storm that hit last week impacted the Siouxland Community Blood Bank's ability to collect blood from volunteer blood donors. The closing of 1019 Jones Street as well as the cancellation of 13 scheduled blood drives has resulted in a blood product shortage of 500 products.
"Thanks to volunteer blood donors, we were able to have blood products readily available to area patients during the recent blizzard." said Janette Twait, chief executive officer at the Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "We now need volunteer blood donor's immediate assistance to replenish the community blood supply by donating blood today and the rest of the week to build up inventories to meet future needs of area hospital patients."
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank asks individuals that 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 ID is required at time of registration.
Donors can donate blood at 1019 Jones Street in Sioux City Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank will be conducting blood drives in the following communities: Friday, March 9 – Community Center, Mapleton, IA; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, IA; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or to make an appointment, call 712-224-6208, 1-877-224-6208 or visit www.donor saves.org.