108 units of blood collected during 1st day of Tyler Wilcox Memorial Guns and Hoses Blood Drive

The firefighters are leading law enforcement 67 to 41 after the first day of the Tyler Wilcox Memorial Guns and Hoses blood drive.

Today (Dec. 3) and tomorrow people can donate blood at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre. Today’s hours are 11:30am to 6pm. Tomorrow’s hours are 8am to 2:30pm.

Tyler Wilcox passed away in 2005 after a three year fight with cancer. His mother Geri says Tyler would love the friendly competition inspired by this blood drive.


Wilcox says Tyler used over 250 units of blood during his cancer battle and wanted to do something to pay the generosity forward.


With one donation, you can impact up to three lives. This year’s goal is 400 units.

Donors can schedule an appointment by:

  • calling Vitalant at 605-225-7732
  • going to www.vitalant.org
  • using the Vitalant app

Walk-in donors are also welcome.

Blood donation requirements:

  • Donors must be at least 16 years old. 16 yr. old donors will need a signed parental consent form that you can get at the blood drive or at www.vitalant.org, donor forms, bottom of the page under RESOURCES
  • Valid picture ID
  • Donors must be in good health and cannot have a cold or be on antibiotics
  • Tattoos are ok if they were done in a licensed facility
  • Many cancer survivors are able to donate
  • If you have eligibility questions please call 605-225-7732

Over 2400 (2459) units have been collected during this drive since it began in 2005. This blood drive has also brought in 385 first time donors.