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This August, Win Tickets AND Support Your Local First Responders!

July 28, 2017

(St. Paul, MN) – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is currently facing an urgent need for blood – particularly types O negative (O-), B negative (B-), and A negative (A-). Volunteer donors are needed to step up and give blood during the summer months when blood donations are often low.

During the month of August, all presenting blood donors at donor centers and blood drives will be entered in weekly drawings to win tickets to one of three great events:

• Minnesota Vikings game
• Minnesota State Fair
• Minnesota Renaissance Festival

In addition, you can support your local police and fire departments this August by donating blood at a Battle of the Badges blood drive. The Battle of the Badges competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation through a friendly life-saving competition between teams of first responders. To show support for your local heroes and help them win the competition, simply donate blood at your participating police or fire department’s blood drive. Learn more at MBC.ORG/Badges.

With summer underway, MBC is in urgent need of blood donations. Though the demand for blood is constant, the supply is not – and summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to support the needs of area hospitals.

To register for a blood drive, visit us online at MBC.ORG or contact the sponsoring organization directly. While walk-in donors are always welcome, we encourage appointments to be made in advance. It’s also important for donors to keep their blood donation appointments, as these appointments help MBC plan a stable supply of blood for local hospitals.

About Memorial Blood Centers
Memorial Blood Centers has been saving lives for nearly 70 years as an independent nonprofit supplying life-saving blood to area hospitals and other partners throughout the U.S. Operating 10 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, Memorial Blood Centers also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.