As their February community outreach event, the Columbia Heights Police Dept. is hosting its first-ever Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10 am-4 pm in their training room, 825 41st Ave. NE. This is a great opportunity to make a blood donation and visit with employees of the police department to ask questions or share concerns. They’re excited to partner with the Red Cross on this event. There’s a critical need for blood this time of year and everyone can give back to the community by donating blood. For an appointment visit RedCrossBlood.org and use the code “CHPD” or call 1-800-Red Cross. If you prefer, you can contact Becky at the CHPD office, 763-706-8123, and she’ll get you signed up.
To celebrate National Blood Donor Month this January, Memorial Blood Centers is partnering with Dunkin’ to help spread awareness about the need for blood donations during the winter, which is a challenging time of year to meet the needs of local hospital patients. Dunkin’ will provide a voucher for a free medium hot or iced coffee to all presenting donors during January. Dunkin’ will also provide donors with free donuts every Thursday in January at donor centers throughout the metro. Plus, all donors through January 4 will receive a limited edition long-sleeve shirt. 38% of people are eligible to give blood, yet only 7% do. Memorial Blood Centers relies on the support of more than 2,000 volunteer blood donors each week to meet the needs of more than 30 hospital partners throughout Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.
Blood donors of all types, especially type O negative, are urgently needed to step up to ensure blood is readily available for patients in need this winter. You may be eligible to donate blood if you are: in good health, 17 years or older (16 with written parental consent), free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons, symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu. While walk-in donors are always welcome, they encourage donors to make appointments in advance.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, Riverplace, 43 Main St., Ste 232, 9 am-1:30 pm.
New and returning donors of all types are urgently needed to help maintain the community blood supply. To help ensure blood is readily available, Memorial Blood Centers is offering all presenting donors from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7 a chance to win a pair of hockey tickets to either: Minnesota Gophers vs. Duluth Bulldogs, Oct. 25 or Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings, Oct. 26. While walk-in donors are always welcome, they encourage donors to make appointments in advance. Visit MBC.ORG or call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) to make an appointment today at your local donor center or any of the upcoming September blood drives. Friday, Sept. 27, Cuningham Group, 201 SE Main St., 8:30-11:30 am.
Memorial Blood Centers is teaming up with the Minnesota State Fair to give blood donors a chance to win tickets to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. All presenting donors in July are automatically entered to win one of 27 pairs of Minnesota State Fair tickets. Visit MBC.ORG/FAIR for more information. Plus, all donors from June 28 through July 9 receive a limited edition T-shirt.
Donors are urgently needed due to a critical shortage of all blood types. This shortage is anticipated to continue over the Fourth of July holiday. The need for blood doesn’t take a summer vacation, and Memorial Blood Centers needs over 2,000 donors to step up every week to maintain a steady blood supply for local hospitals.
Visit MBC.ORG to review eligibility guidelines and make an appointment at your nearest donor center or at one of the following public blood drives. While walk-in donors are always welcome, they encourage donors to make appointments in advance.
Wednesday, July 17, 4-7:30 pm, Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE.
Friday, July 26, 8:30-11:30 am, Cuningham Group, 201 SE Main St.