Windom Area Health Calling Blood Donors to Support Local Needs

Windom, MN – Windom Area Health and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on Monday, April 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Windom Area Health. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the community. Donors can schedule an appointment by logging onto cbblifeblood.org, selecting April 4th and Windom Area Health or calling toll free 1-877-877-3070.  

“As we see the number of people diagnosed with COVID decline, Community Blood Bank is hopeful that more people will be eligible to give blood and assist in strengthening the local blood supply,” says Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “There is a very large demand for blood to treat patients. We are seeing more people seeking medical care as the pandemic threat lifts. There is a higher concentration of people needing surgeries and treatment for serious medical conditions that require blood transfusions.”

Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to local communities in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa.  Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and people undergoing surgery. When a person chooses to give blood, they potentially will save up to three lives. The blood is separated into components of platelets, plasma, and red blood cells. Each component has the potential to be transfused to a local patient requiring one of the specific products. It only takes 30 minutes to give and the impact is felt by friends and family of the patient requiring the blood to sustain life. You can donate blood every 56 days.   

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.  For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at (605) 331-3222.  Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit, cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health and the sole blood provider to Windom Area Health. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.    

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