One of the first things to think about this spring is volunteer blood donations, since the need for blood is real and the daily demand never lets up. The Siouxland Community Blood Bank needs your help in maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply for your local hospital.
"We need to collect over 1,200 units of blood each week to meet the daily needs of area hospitals for heart patients, cancer patients and surgical patients," said Janette Twait, CEO of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "It is also imperative that inventory levels of all blood types are available so we can respond to accidents in our region that require large volumes of blood products."
Newell will be holding their next community blood drive on Monday, March 21st from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Newell-Fonda High School.
To be eligible to donate individuals must be at least 17 years of age (16 in Iowa with a Siouxland Community Blood Bank signed parent 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. 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 their website at www.siouxlandblood bank .org