Blood donors needed to prepare community supply

Blood donors needed to prepare community supply
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank is requesting the community's help in preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Ideally, for a summer holiday weekend, the blood bank needs a five- to seven-day blood supply of all blood types on hand; however, the current supply is only at a two- to three-day level.

� Being prepared for emergencies is essential during a holiday weekend that typically sees high travel. The blood bank's top priority is ensuring that each hospital is prepared for all patients requiring a blood transfusion, while monitoring the replacement supply to make sure it can respond at a moment's notice.

"With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, we know it is imperative to have a blood supply available that can respond to blood needs that may occur in our region," said Janette Twait, CEO for the Siouxland Community Blood Bank.

� To help ensure that the blood supply is prepared for holidays and emergencies, the Siouxland Community Blood Bank has recently purchased two minicoaches to join the mobile fleet for blood drives that are conducted at businesses, community centers, churches, hospitals, high schools and colleges.

� The Siouxland Community Blood Bank asks community members to donate blood this week. The blood bank is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

�To be eligible to donate, donors must be at least 17 years old (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.

For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit their web site at

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