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All American Blood Drive slated for next Thursday

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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON -- To meet the need for blood and blood products, Sanford Worthington, the Daily Globe, Ground Round, Holiday Inn Express and Radio Works will host the Annual All American Blood Drive from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 27 at the Ground Round Grill and Bar.

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This will be the fifth annual All American Blood Drive hosted at Ground Round.

"We at Ground Round think it is important that people donate blood for other people in need," said Louise Rients, Ground Round manager.

Rients estimated there were 35 donors last year, and said she hopes to see those numbers increase.

"We try to increase the number of people that come every year," she said. "Our goal this year is about 50 people."

Rients explained that the bloodmobile will be parked along the Ground Round patio.

"We'll have a check-in station where they receive their voucher and T-shirt, and then they can proceed to the mobile unite," she said.

Demand for donated blood tends to fluctuate during the summer months, explained Rita Nelson, donor recruitment supervisor for the Community Blood Bank.

"Just last week, we saw a 21 percent increase in blood usage due to emergency situations," Nelson said. "For example, it could have been that there were three in a car accident yesterday, and those three traumas came into the emergency room and needed blood."

Every week, 550 units of blood are needed to meet the requirements of local hospitals. Trauma accidents can also easily spark an increase in the amount of blood needed.

"We're traveling more, motorcycles and lawn mowers -- all those things that we do," Nelson said. "We hope it never happens, but it does."

In addition to the increase in the need for blood, there also tends to be a decrease in donations.

"We struggle in the summers months to meet that need," Nelson said. "In the summer, we're all busy with our lives, and we tend to forget that the patients in the hospitals still need blood."

Through the blood drive at Ground Round, awareness is raised for the constant need for blood, Nelson said.

"We're blessed that businesses like the Ground Round will help and carry that message to the public," she added.

The Community Blood Bank is a non-profit cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital.

"Any hospital that is part of Sanford or Avera -- we are their blood banks," Nelson explained.

The Community Blood Bank has been the sole supplier of blood and blood product for Sanford Worthington for more than 12 years.

In addition to supplying Worthington, the Community Blood Bank provides blood and blood products for other area hospitals including Tyler, Tracy, Westbrook, Slayton, Pipestone, Luverne, Jackson and the V.A. Medical Center.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (or be 16-years old with a signed parent/guardian consent form), weight at least 110 pounds and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Donors are asked to bring identification. Appointments are available, and walk-ins are also welcome.

"There has never been a problem with people having to wait," Rients added.

All blood donors will receive a Ground Round food voucher and a commemorative All American Blood Drive donor T-shirt. More information is available at www.cbblifeblood.org.

After hosting five All American Blood Drives, Rients doesn't see the Ground Round ending the tradition any time soon.

"We plan on this every year and appreciate the community taking part and working with us," she said. "We have a great location, a central location for people to visit the blood bank that day. We appreciate all our donors and hope to see them all on Thursday, June 24."

"The only way to make sure that blood is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week is through regular volunteer blood donation and support of your local hospital's blood bank," Nelson added. "Come on down to the Ground Round. It'll be a fun, life-saving event."

Daily Globe Reporter Alyson Buschena can be reached at 376-7322.

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