Guns & Hoses a success, but more donations still needed

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Another successful Guns & Hoses Blood Drive is in the books, but more donations are still needed.

6 24 Vitalant Low Donations Vo00 00 30 19still002Teaming up once again with the Rapid City Fire Department and Police Department, the Vitalant Blood Drive brought in a total of 379 units of blood — a much needed boost in supply after Vitalant declared a critical blood shortage last week after dropping below a two-day supply.

The blood bank seeing an uptick in donors coming in across the nation. While the numbers to this year’s Guns & Hoses a little low, it wasn’t from a lack of donors.

Vitalant Communications Manager Tori Robbins says, “The numbers were a little down this year compared to previous ones, but mostly because, just like most things, most businesses were experiencing some staff issues. So we just didn’t have the amount of staff that we’ve had in the past to pull off the numbers that we’ve seen in the past.”

Vitalant encourages donors to make an appointment for a quicker donation. For more information visit

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