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Avera Tyler will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to impact patients’ lives in the area. With the current need at near critical, residents are urged to consider donating.

January is National Blood Donor month calling for residents to consider donating blood during the month.  Whether you are a multi-gallon donor or donating for the first time, the need for blood donations in January is critical due to a decrease in overall donations with the cold and flu season and weather issues preventing the collection of donations.  Community Blood Bank is a hospital operated blood bank with a joint shared resource of Avera and Sanford Health Systems, meaning when you donate on the bloodmobile the donation will go directly back to our local hospitals to save local lives including Avera Tyler.

“The importance of residents donating blood to the local supplies intensifies as we enter the cold and flu season,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “As less people are able to donate blood, supplies to treat local patients decrease significantly as demand stays strong.  Begin the new year by providing hope to local patients by joining us to donate.   Community Blood Bank relies solely on volunteer blood donors throughout the area to provide blood for local patients.  We are looking for a great turnout for this community event to keep the blood supply strong.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 lbs. 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 the Avera Tyler Lab at 507-247-2213. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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