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Local blood drive May 4

Hero status is not reserved only for the those brave men and women who rush into burning buildings to save others or step into the front lines of war.

"There's a hero in all of us," said Beth-Anne Ferley, donor recruitment director of United Blood Services, this area's non-profit community blood service provider. "Ordinary people are saving lives every day. They do it while they are on lunch break or while they are running errands. They have found the hero in themselves by donating blood."

A person can find the hero in themselves at the upcoming Community Betterment Committee's blood drive, Tuesday, May 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bad River Senior Citizens Center in Philip. Contact Enid Schulz at 859-2145 for an appointment. During the day of the blood drive, phone the center at 859-2653.

UBS in South Dakota and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council have partnered in a unique project. Every person donating blood at any UBS affiliate in South Dakota during the month of May will receive a $2 beef certificate, good towards the purchase of beef at a retail outlet or restaurant.

As an added incentive, UBS also does a "total cholesterol" test that allow donors to eat before the test. No fasting is required. Donors can check their confidential results at the website of www.unitedbloodservices.org the week after their donation.

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, or 17 in certain areas, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.