Dordt College News

Siouxland Blood Bank thanks Dordt College

April 30, 2004

According to the Siouxland Community Blood Bank, this school year Dordt College registered 528 volunteer blood donors and the Siouxland Community Blood Bank collected 433 units of life saving blood products.

“We appreciate all the hard work that the Student Forum and Dordt College did to promote the need for consistent volunteer blood dontation. The response of this school should be commended,” said Rene Kafka, Donor Consultant. “We encourage students to continue their gift of volunteer blood donations throughout the summer to save lives in their communities.”

Dordt College has played an important role in helping the Siouxland Community Blood Bank achieve its mission of providing a safe and adequate blood supply to area hospitals. Whether blood transfusions are used to treat cancer, disease, surgery, or trauma incidents, community blood drives are critical to maintaining the blood supply.

The role of younger Americans in providing blood donations will play a more critical role as America’s population becomes older. Our aging population will add to a decreasing donor base while blood demands will continue to rise. The students have demonstrated that youth are ready to play a part in helping save lives in their community.

The Siouxland Community Blood Bank supplies blood products to 28 area hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota including Sioux Center Community Hospital. The blood center needs to collect over 1000 units of blood every week to maintain proper inventory at these hospitals. To be eligible to donate blood individuals must be at least 17 years of age; however there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. In addition donors need to weigh over 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration. For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 712-252-4208 or 1-800-798-4208.

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