Blood Shortage Places Stress on Local Supply

Windom, MN – Windom Area Health, Police Department, EMS and Fire Department come together to help improve the overall blood supply at Windom Area Health during the 17th annual Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive event. The friendly competition drive will be held on Monday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with donor registration located inside the lobby of Windom Area Health. To sign up, click here to view available appointments or you can can log onto and select “events,” September 19 and Windom Area Health to schedule an appointment or call 605-331-3222. All who donate will receive a certificate for a Dairy Queen gift card and an All American blood donor t-shirt!

“We are reaching a point where we cannot keep up with the demand for blood. There has been a sharp decline in overall donations due to the newest strain of COVID-19, reducing the number of donors that are eligible to give,” said Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “Local volunteers are the only way we will improve the overall blood supply for local patients. Community Blood Bank has been the sole blood provider to Windom Area Health for over 25 years. The Windom community has continued to come out to improve the outlook for the local supply and it is our hope we can have a very successful turn out this time. Please plan on donating on September 19 at this community blood drive. Show your support towards local heroes and local patients in need!”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.  Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate.  A valid identification is required at the time of registration.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood.  With policies associated in addressing COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted at this event.  For information log onto or call 1-877-877-3070.

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