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 into weekly drawings for a pair of tickets. Visit MBC.ORG/FAIR for more information. Plus, all donors from June 25 through July 11 receive a special “Fishing for Donors” t-shirt. Volunteers are especially needed to step up and give blood during the summer months, when schools are out of session, people are enjoying the weather, and families take vacations. Donating blood is convenient and safe when you are: in good health, free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken daily for a skin condition, symptom-free for at least three days following a cold or a flu, 17 years or older (16 with a written parental consent form available at their website.)
While walk-in donors are always welcome, they encourage appointments be made in advance. To register for a blood drive, go online to MBC.ORG or contact the sponsoring organization directly. Search blood drives to find the most up-to-date blood drive list in your community.
Monday, July 2, Community Grounds, 560 40th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, 4-7 pm.
Wednesday, July 11, BW Packaging Systems, 315 27th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 8 am-1:30 pm.
Wednesday, July 11, RSP Architects, 1220 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, 1:30-4:30 pm.