The American Red Cross Bloodmobile makes a stop in Milbank Monday, November 21. The bloodmobile will be parked at Unity Square from noon until 6 p.m. The goal for the drive is 112 units.
“The donors in this community are so wonderful, but we always need more,” said organizer Margaret Skoog. “Only about 5% of people who could give blood actually do.”
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. “We prefer to have walk-ins come after 2 p.m.,” Skoog said. Routine donors who have not received a call and wish to give, can also call for an appointment. Call 605-880-0435 to make your appointment.
All donors must present either an American Red Cross blood donor card or a state-issued photo ID. Blood donors must be 17 years of age and older, weight at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. People who have recovered from cancer are eligible to give with some exceptions. According to Skoog, diabetics usually are eligible to give.
People taking medications can often give, although, there are some exceptions. Common drugs that are excluded include: antibiotics for current infections or dental work, blood thinning products, and prostate medications. Some travel restrictions also apply. For any health-related questions about donating, call the American Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276.
Callers for this bloodmobile drive are Mary Skoog, Linda Ferber, Val Cameron, Lori Dietmeier, and Ione Brehmer. The drive is also supported by the Faith Family at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.