While the blood supply in the Sioux Empire is currently stable, this could change as the Sioux Empire approaches its COVID-19 peak.  The Community Blood Bank is urging the community to donate now.

Over the last month, Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hosptial in Sioux Falls have joined forces with community organizations to create "pop-up" community blood drives.  Formerly known as "emergency pop-up community blood drives," these blood drives were created since many drive blood events were canceled due to the growing pandemic.  A press release from the Community Blood Bank explains, "Many community partners with multiple agencies have come forward to provide very successful events, giving stability to the local blood supply for 36 area hospitals. Community Blood Bank is the sole blood provider to these 36 local hospitals including Avera McKennan Hospital, Sanford Medical Center, Sanford Children’s Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls V.A. Medical Center and the Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital."

There are many opportunities to donate blood, which include the following events:

Wednesday, April 15- Murray County Medical Center (2042 Juniper), Slayton, MN: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15- Netherlands Reformed Christian School (712 20th Ave SE), Rock Valley, IA: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 20- Mongomery’s of Madison (747 Washington St.), Madison, SD: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22- Canton United Methodist Church (621 East 4th St.), Canton, SD: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22- Montgomery’s of Sioux Falls (1725 W. 41st St.), Sioux Falls, SD: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 23- Montgomery’s of Sioux Falls (1725 W. 41st St.), Sioux Falls, SD: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Avera McKennan Donor Room (Avera McKennan Plaza 2, 1301 S. Cliff Ave., 3rd floor, donor parking by valet area) Sioux Falls, SD: (Please note changes in donor room hours) Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Due to new hospital policies associated with visitors to the hospital during COVID-19, we will be accepting donors with appointments only in the donor room. Please call (605) 322-7111 to make an appointment or click on the link: http://cbblifeblood.org/donate/donation-locations/
  • Sanford USD Medical Center Donor Room (1305 W. 18th St. / Main Hospital Locken Lobby, Donors are to use valet parking), Sioux Falls, SD: (Please note changes in donor room hours) Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Due to new hospital policies associated with visitors to the hospital during COVID-19, we will be accepting donors with appointments only in the donor room. Please call (605) 322-7111 to make an appointment or click on the link http://cbblifeblood.org/donate/donation-locations/

Donors must be 17-years or older, weigh over 110 pounds, and be in good general health.  If a donor is 16-years of age, a parent can sign a consent form found by clicking here.

View the Community Blood Bank website for further information on its mission and how you can get involved.

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