WORTHINGTON — Community Blood Bank, a joint cooperative of Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is working to maintain an adequate blood supply for the 36 local hospitals it services, including Sanford Worthington.

As COVID–19 keeps residents home, schools closed and business employees working from home, the need for blood donations is more vital than ever. An emergency “pop-up” community blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Worthington Middle School.

“The need for blood donations continues to move into a critical state with the many challenges that are preventing donors from giving blood,” Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg said. “Each day is more difficult to avoid shortages, as collection continues to decrease in the local area. Please join us to provide hope to those in need and support the local supply.”

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at cbblifeblood.org) weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health. Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate. A valid identification is required at the time of registration.

Call Sanford Worthington for an appointment at 372-3319, or stop in on the day of the blood drive to have an appointment scheduled for you. For additional information, visit cbblifeblood.org.