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Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive

Competition Scheduled to Help Local Blood Supply

Vermillion, SD-Vermillion Law Enforcement and Vermillion Fire will compete to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply during the winter months at the 12th annual“Heroes Behind the Badges”.

The special blood drive event will be held on Monday, January 22 from 10 am to 6:30 pm at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.  The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice.  All who donate will receive a blood donor t-shirt and the satisfaction of know you saved a life in your community.  The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year.

“This competition between our local heroes in the community provides encouragement and education about the need for blood in local hospitals throughout the most difficult time of year to keep up with demands.  Community Blood Bank sees many new donors as well as those that have donated blood for many years come out to support our community heroes and blood supply,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “Through the tremendous support from the Vermillion Fire Department, Law Enforcement and community blood donors, we are able to provide blood to our local patients requiring surgery, treatment of cancer, trauma’s and many other medical conditions at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation.  For more information about the Heroes Behind the Badges event log on to www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at (877) 877-3070

Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.

Posted Date: January 2018