Memorial Day and the beginning of summer are just around the corner. The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that the need for blood doesn’t take a vacation.
“Blood drives at high schools and universities account for about 20 percent of blood donations made through the Red Cross,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “With school out of session during the summer, it’s especially important for people to donate blood.”
Blood donors play a critical role in modern healthcare, whether they donate at a community blood drive or at a donation center. Blood transfusions are needed for the treatment of many diseases and conditions, and for surgeries.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
•June 4 – noon to 6 p.m. at Osakis Community Center.
•June 11 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alexandria Armory, 311 Broadway Street.
To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.