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Sanford Worthington hosts fall blood drive

Walk-ins are welcome, and each donor will receive a gift card from Scooter’s.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center
Sanford Worthington Medical Center
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WORTHINGTON — Sanford Worthington Medical Center and Community Blood Bank are asking residents to consider donating blood between 8 and 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, located at 1018 Sixth Avenue.

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Walk-ins are welcome, and each donor will receive a gift card from Scooter’s.

To schedule an appointment, log onto cbblifeblood.org, select “events”, Nov. 3 and Sanford Worthington or call (605) 331-3222. For more information, visit cbblifeblood.org.

“As we move into late fall, it continues to be important to have residents step up to support the local blood supply. Each day, Community Blood Bank uses 110 donations of blood. This can only be provided by local volunteers coming forward to roll-up their sleeves,” said Ken Versteeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank. “We are just holding our own when it comes to the local blood supply. We are slightly above the “critical” appeal status, barely meeting the demand for blood.”

Community Blood Bank supplies more than 550 units of blood each week to people in northwestern Iowa, southeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, Versteeg said.

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Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with a signed parent consent form, which is available at cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation.

Participants must bring identification, and it is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating.

Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital. It is not associated with any other blood bank organizations and is the sole blood provider to all Sioux Falls area hospitals.

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