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All-American Blood Drive set for Wednesday

WORTHINGTON -- Blood donations tend to taper off during the summer months as people get busy with warm weather activities and vacations. So the Community Blood Bank -- along with local sponsors -- will bolster the supply with a specially themed b...

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WORTHINGTON -- Blood donations tend to taper off during the summer months as people get busy with warm weather activities and vacations. So the Community Blood Bank -- along with local sponsors -- will bolster the supply with a specially themed blood drive this week.

The All-American Blood Drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ground Round, 1290 Ryan’s Road.

The drive is sponsored by Sanford Worthington, the Daily Globe, RadioWorks and the Ground Round. All who donate will receive a commemorative All-American Blood Drive T-shirt, as well as a food voucher compliments of Ground Round.

The blood drive comes at a time when the blood supply is low, with blood usage increasing by 20 percent in recent days due to an unexpectedly high volume of trauma patients.

“During the summertime, donations go down, and we struggle with keeping the supplies up,” said Rita Nelson, recruiter for the Community Blood Bank in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Conducting a drive at a high-profile location at a restaurant such as Ground Round brings awareness to the need for more blood donors. The Community Blood Bank’s “big red bus” will be parked outside the restaurant, according to Nelson. Donors will go inside the restaurant to register, and will then proceed to the bus for the actual donation process.

“We do this at a couple of different drives with restaurants, locations like that,” Nelson said. “In the summer, especially, it’s good because we struggle with getting donations then. For this All-American Drive, it’s always fun to work with the Ground Round, and the donors get some perks. For the Ground Round to offer up their business as a location is great, because more people will notice us.”

The All-American Blood Drive will directly help the supply of blood products at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, and all blood types are needed.

“Community support is vital to the local blood supply,”  said Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg. “We are in need of all blood types to bring the blood supply up to an adequate level to have available in the treatment of trauma, surgery, cancer and burn patients.”

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with a signed parent consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. All donors must have a form of identification.

“The need for blood is every day,” stressed Nelson. “We need 500 to 550 units every week to meet the demand in this area. Come out and have fun and save a life.”

The Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative service of Sanford and Avera McKennan. In addition to supplying the Worthington medical center, it services many other local hospitals, including Jackson, Luverne, Pipestone, Slayton, Tracy,  Tyler, Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan hospitals in Sioux Falls, S.D., Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota and Royal C. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center.

For more information, log on to cbblifeblood.org ; or call Ground Round, 376-3043. Walk-ins are welcome.

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