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Siouxland Blood Bank picks Dordt designer

March 29, 2007

Siouxland Blood Bank

The Siouxland Community Blood Bank selected a Dordt College graphic design student as the 2007 winner of the annual “Donate 4 Life” t-shirt design contest.

Rachel (Bruning) Clemens, a sophomore art major at Dordt, was presented with a $200 Savings Bond March 28 at Dordt College during a campus blood drive. Clemens was also presented with the first t-shirt bearing her design.
The Blood Bank gives out thousands of t-shirts each year through its “Donate 4 Life” program, in which donors who give four times in a calendar year are awarded a free t-shirt.

Dordt College and several other schools in the area used the Siouxland Community Blood Bank’s design contest as a class project. Dordt’s graphic design instructor, David Versluis, said each year students in his class are assigned a trademark design project. Their objective is to communicate the nature of an organization with a design that appeals to the public.

Students were enthused about this project, said Versluis, because it had the added incentive feature of being produced and providing genuine community service to a very worthwhile organization. . “My main advice to students was to keep their designs visually strong, uncluttered, and appropriate.”

Siouxland Blood Bank said the annual design contest gives donors the opportunity to showcase the designs from talented students and endorse their own commitment of regular blood donations when they proudly wear the Donate 4 Life t-shirts.

To be eligible to donate individuals must be at least 17 years of age (16 in Iowa with a Siouxland Community Blood Bank signed parent consent form); however there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. In addition donors need to weigh at least 110 pounds andd 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, 1-800-798-4208 or visit their website at

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