Heroes Behind The Badges

Vermillion, SD- Vermillion Fire Department, EMS and Law Enforcement will compete to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply during the first days of 2021 in the Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges.”

The blood drive event will be held on Monday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center with donor registration located by the administration / cafeteria entrance of the hospital. The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. All who donate will receive a certificate for a free pizza at the Vermillion Pizza Ranch. The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year.

“Currently, Community Blood Bank is teetering on the brink where supply and demand is almost the same and we are maintaining about a two days supply of blood on hand. Community Blood Bank is tirelessly working to meet the needs of our hospitals, including Sanford Vermillion, to ensure blood is available in the treatment of cancer patients, traumas, surgeries and to treat COVID patients with convalescent plasma,” said Ken Versteeg, executive director, Community Blood Bank. “We foresee difficulties in maintaining a sold blood supply for our community in the next three to six months, as we battle critical blood shortages locally.

“There is really no outside assistance available from other blood banks, as we are all experiencing the same tragic shortages,” he said. “ If community members are serious about offering help during the pandemic, consider giving someone life by scheduling a time to give blood to Community Blood Bank, the only local blood provider and support your local heroes.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 pounds 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 onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070. To schedule an appointment log onto www.cbblifeblood.org and select “events” then January 25, Vermillion Heroes.

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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