Saving Lives One Pint at a Time

by David Heflin, Campus President, CTU Sioux Falls

Here’s something you may not know: eight out of ten Americans will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, according to the Community Blood Bank in Sioux Falls. Despite this, just three out of every 100 people will ever donate blood. This year, students and faculty at CTU Sioux Falls worked to change that ratio by teaming up with the local Community Blood Bank to host an on-campus blood drive.

The Community Blood Bank is a non-profit collaboration between two of CTU’s education partners-- Avera McKennan Hospital and Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls—and ensures a safe, reliable supply of blood in eastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa.

At the event, donors contributed enough blood to help save 24 lives. Giving blood, which only takes 25-30 minutes, is a simple but extremely meaningful gift. Interested in learning more about the importance of giving blood? Here are a few facts about donations:

  • There is no way to “make” blood. It can only be donated.
  • Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood.
  • If you started donating blood at 17 years old and donated every 56 days through the age of 76, you’d have donated nearly 50 gallons. (The average adult has about 10 pints of blood.)
  • 4.5 million American lives are saved each year through blood transfusions.

If you’re interested in giving blood and live in the Sioux Falls area, visit to find where the Community Blood Bank will be next. If you’re an online student or live outside of the Sioux Falls community, visit the American Red Cross to schedule an appointment in or near your hometown. 

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