Hegg Companies will be hosting a community Red Cross blood drive at the Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown at 201 East 8th Street in Sioux Falls, on Wednesday, February 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All donors will receive a “Pint for a Pint” coupon good for one free drink at Elements on 8th and a coupon for free ice cream at Coldstone Creamery. In addition, each donor will get their name put in a drawing for a free night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Sioux Falls, which includes a complimentary breakfast for two. Light snacks and appetizers will also be provided.
This drive provides an opportunity to make a double donation of red blood cells. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion. Double red cell donation is done with the help of a special machine which collects the red cells, but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. Choosing to donate double the red blood cells is a way to make a greater impact during a single donation.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “SF Hegg”, call 605-336-2111, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.
The need for blood remains constant, and donations are needed to offset current blood shortages. Severe winter weather in January forced the cancellation of more than 340 blood drives in 20 states, resulting in approximately 9,800 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply.
People can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo ID is required at donation time. You must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in good general health to donate.