Blood Donations More Urgently Needed During Holiday Season

Comm blood bankNorthwest Iowa — There are all sort of reasons people skip giving blood during the holidays, but the need for blood remains constant and urgent.  Ken Versteeg is Executive Director of Community Blood Bank, the blood supplier for Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

Versteeg says that, in addition to blood donations falling during the holiday season, the need for blood products normally grows this time of year.

With the combination of dwindling supply and increased demand this time of year, Versteeg urges you to donate, especially around the holidays.

He says there’s a very simple way to find out when and where Community Blood Bank is accepting blood donations.

He says that each pint of blood donated can save up to three lives, since they separate the plasma, the platelets, and the red blood cells.

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In addition to Sanford Sheldon, other area hospitals for whom Community Blood Bank is the primary supplier include Sanford Rock Rapids and Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.