Save a life this summer…give blood 7-31-13

Posted July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

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.

Wessingon’s next blood drive with United Blood Services is Thursday, Aug. 1 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wessington American Legion Hall.

This drive is especially important because it is being held during the summer. According to Patty Schilling, blood drive coordinator, participation drops off slightly at summer blood drives.

At the same time, donations throughout the region drop in the summer because high schools and colleges, which are enthusiastic blood drive sponsors, are not in session.

In the South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming areas serviced by United Blood Services, a whopping 10 percent of the local blood supply comes from high school and college students. When those students are on summer vacation, it’s up to the community to make up the difference.

“It’s no secret,” Schilling says. “People simply are much busier than they are at other times of the year. And, 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.

Schilling urges residents to be heroes and make time to save lives, suggesting that those who are not able to donate recruit others in their place. All donors receive a free cholesterol test with every blood donation.

Anyone interested in donating blood may contact Mitchell at 605-996-3688, or visit to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins at Wessington on Thursday, Aug.1 are also welcome.

Save a life this summer…give blood