Cold and Flu Season Affects Blood Collections

Cold and Flu Season Affects Blood Collections

Windom, MN – Community Blood Bank (CBB) will be hosting a community blood drive at Windom Area Health Monday, April 29th between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donors may schedule a donation appointment by clicking here, or logging onto, selecting “events” and April 29th, or calling CBB at 605-331-3222. Those donating will receive a $10 D.Q. gift card as a thank you gift. All donations will stay local for local use with all blood types in immediate need.     

“We have seen a drastic decrease in donations due to a strong cold and flu season. Over the course of the last month, we have experienced an 18% slump in donations, primarily due to so many people experiencing cold or flu symptoms and unable to give blood,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director of CBB. “We strongly encourage those that are feeling well and healthy to consider donating at the drive on April 29th to help bring up the community’s blood supply to normal levels. Volunteers coming forward to donate is the only way to secure the supply for our area hospitals and patients. With just 30 minutes, a donation can save up to three patients’ lives. It’s a simple process but a lifeline to many with serious illnesses.”

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.  Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation. For more information log onto or call CBB at 605-331-3222. CBB is the main blood provider to Windom Area Health.  

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.    


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