As we jump into spring, we need to remember to fit consistent volunteer blood donations into our busy schedules. With the extra outdoor activities that donors are involved in and the rural communities deep into planting season, the chances for unfortunate accidents with heavy equipment increases and so does the need for consistent volunteer blood donors.
"Without the continual support of volunteer blood donors, the Siouxland Community Blood Bank would not have enough blood available to service our community hospitals." said Janette Twait, CEO of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "Everyday volunteer blood donors ensure patients' needs are being met, one donation at a time. Without volunteer blood donors, countless lives would be lost."
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank needs the help of over 1,200 donors on a weekly basis or 4,800 donors on a monthly basis to meet the needs of the 34 area hospitals they service in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. These volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help to maintain their community blood supply.
Storm Lake will be holding their next community blood drive on Tuesday, April 5th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.
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 at the time of registration.
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.siouxlandbloodbank.org