Blood drive set for June 6 in Brookings

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BROOKINGS — Brookings Health System and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on June 6 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Brookings Health System.

The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients. Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 605-696-8048. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. All who donate receives a D.Q. gift card and a T-shirt.

“Moving into summer, we begin to think about traveling on road and water ways. With heavier traffic on our lakes and roads, accidents happen. We are looking for donors to consider donating blood to strengthen the local blood supply, and prepare for the unexpected. Life can be provided with a simple donation of blood. One donation, only takes 30 minutes, and will help up to three local patients,” said Ken Versteeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank. “Among those who benefit from donating blood are trauma, burn victims, cancer patients, and persons undergoing surgery. Celebrate summer, by providing hope to family, friends, and community members by donating blood with us on June 6.“

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood. org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an I.D.