Community blood drive set

Community blood Bank will hold a community blood drive at the Vermillion Hy-Vee on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All blood types are in need.

�In the past week blood usage has increased by 19 percent mostly due to surgeries, and traumas,� states Ken Versteeg, executive director, Community Blood Bank.  �When you donate blood on May 21 at the Vermillion Hy-Vee you are helping local patients in their time of need.  Your donations will make blood readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.�

A person must be at least 16 years old (16 years old is require a signed parent consent form found at weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  All who donate will receive $2 Beef Bucks compliments of the South Dakota Beef Council.

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood (platelets, plasma and red blood cells) to 29 local hospitals including Sanford Vermillion.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling 624-8287.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

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