Members of the Storm Lake community helped the Siouxland Blood Bank kick off its 2003 donor recruitment campaign, "Heroes Unite, It's About Life!," in Storm Lake on Thursday morning, beginning an event meant to honor community fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel.
The campaign, which is being held in cities across a tri-state region, is designed to help sustain the blood supply throughout the summer when blood donations go down while the demand for blood goes up.
Communities who participate in the blood donation campaign can benefit financially from their involvement, as the town which contributes the most blood will receive a sponsored, donated gift certificate of $1,000 to benefit local fire, rescue and law enforcement squads. The winning community will be based on a participation formula, not population.
Blood donors who register will be asked to specify which community they would like to give credit for their blood donation, and can request that their donations be credited toward either their community fire, rescue or law enforcement squad.
The Storm Lake community blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, from 12-6 p.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Walk-ins are welcome. To be eligible to donate, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days.
For more information, contact the SBB at 1-800-798-4208 or visit www.siouxland bloodbank.org