Save a life this summer: Donate blood

Posted July 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Lifeguards aren’t the only ones who’ll be saving lives this summer. People like you and your neighbor will be, too…by donating blood.

The Miller community’s next blood drive with United Blood Services is from 12-7 p.m. on Monday, July 15 and from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, sponsored by the Avera Hand County Hospital Auxiliary.

This drive is especially important because it is being held during the summer. According to JoDean Joy, blood drive coordinator, this is important because students who are involved in athletics during the school year are free to donate and college students are home and this gives a larger pool to draw from.

“It’s no secret,” JoDean Joy says. “People are much busier than they are at other times of the year. Although donors might have other things to do, patients continue to need blood. Nearly 185 blood donations are required each week to meet the needs of hospital patients.” Eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood regularly, three or four times a year, to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

If you have questions as to your eligibility, you may call United Blood Services at 800-996-3688 and a technician will answer your questions.

On the day of the drive, donors can do an online interview and print out a barcoded Fast Track Donation Ticket to bring to their appointment. This will cut down the interview time to only essential follow-up questions at the drive. Instructions can be found online at and by clicking the “Health History Questionnaire” link on the left.

Potential donors can make an appointment to give at or by calling JoDean Joy at 853-3704. Donors will receive a free cholesterol test, and don’t forget the good cookies and doughnuts!

Save a life this summer: Donate