WORTHINGTON - Ground Round Worthington, Sanford Worthington, The Globe and Radio Works will host a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Worthington Ground Round, 1290 Ryan’s Road, to keep local supplies at healthy levels going into the summer.
All who donate will receive a special food voucher, compliments of Ground Round, a commemorative All American Blood Donor T-shirt and a chance to enter to win prizes.
Blood is needed each day in the United States to sustain the lives of patients in need. Whether used for surgery, traumas, during cancer treatment or other life threatening medical conditions, blood is used to provide hope. There are many blood suppliers throughout the country - some are very large blood providers, some a little smaller and others are hospital operated. Community Blood Bank is hospital-operated with a joint shared resource of Avera and Sanford Health Systems, meaning when one donates on the bloodmobile the donation will go directly back to Worthington to save local lives.
“The summer months are considered some of the most difficult when keeping up with the demand for blood products within our community,” said Ken Versteeg, Community Blood Bank Executive Director. “There are many weeks where our usage is outpacing collection by 40 percent. Our hope is to start the summer months strong with an ample blood supply and keep this momentum moving to avoid any summer blood shortages.
“Join us to save lives at Sanford Worthington and show your support for those who serve and impact the community in many ways,” Versteeg added.
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an I.D. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.
For more information, log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Ground Round at 376-3043.