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Saving Lives is a Community Tradition

October 31, 2017

arm wraps(St. Paul, MN) – When you donate blood with Memorial Blood Centers (MBC), you’re continuing a long-standing tradition of helping save lives in your community. Founded in 1948 on Veterans Day as the Minneapolis War Memorial Blood Bank, community members began banking blood to benefit others—a practice that quickly spread across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Nearly 70 years later, the bloodmobiles are newer and the hospitals are bigger, but community members donate blood for the same reason: to help a neighbor.

Step up to give blood at a blood drive in your neighborhood and help save lives. 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 3 days following a cold or a flu
  • 17 years or older—16 with written parental consent (form available here)
To find a blood drive or donor center nearest you, visit us online, or see upcoming blood drives in your area listed below. To register, go to 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 important for donors to keep their blood donation appointments, as these appointments help MBC plan a stable supply of blood for local hospitals.