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September 10, 2020 (St. Paul, MN)—Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. With hurricanes affecting blood donations in the southern United States and COVID-19 impacting up to 50% of blood drives, blood donors are urgently needed to help maintain a stable supply of blood for local hospital patients.

Plus, September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is the most common blood disease in the U.S. Patients sometimes need frequent blood transfusions and can suffer severe side effects from receiving blood from multiple donors. MBC is looking for eligible donors to enroll in the Sickle Cell Donor Program to match patients with specially typed donors. Learn more at MBC.ORG/sicklecell.

The need for blood is constant, but the supply is not. To help in the fight against COVID-19, the FDA has updated some eligibility guidelines—some donors who were previously deferred might now be eligible to give. Check eligibility and schedule an appointment at MBC.ORG or call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

Blood donation is safe and essential, and MBC has a COVID-19 self-screening policy in addition to general eligibility guidelines. In general, you may be eligible to donate if you are:

MBC also continues to collect COVID-19 convalescent plasma at all metro donor centers. While there is no proven treatment, it is possible that convalescent plasma, which has antibodies against the virus, could help patients with serious or life-threatening infections. Learn more at (MBC.ORG/CPdonor).

Visit MBC.ORG to find your nearest drive or donor center, or to make an appointment at one of the public blood drives below.

 

Date

Sponsor

Location

City

Time

9/14

Life Time Athletic—Eagan

1565 Thomas Center Dr

Eagan

2:00-7:30pm

9/14

Knights of Columbus

11300 Frankfort Pkwy NE

Saint Michael

2:00-8:00pm

9/15

Key Surgical

8101 Wallace Rd

Eden Prairie

11:00am-4:00pm

9/17

OMNI Brewing Company

9462 Deerwood Lane North

Maple Grove

3:00-7:30pm

9/18

Highland Park Community Blood Drive

1978 Ford Parkway

St Paul

11:am-4:00pm

9/19

St Barnabus Lutheran Church

15600 Old Rockford Rd

Plymouth

8:00am-1:00pm

9/19

Fulton Farmers Market

4901 Chowen Ave S

Minneapolis

8:30am-1:30pm

9/21

St Alphonsus Catholic Church

7025 Halifax Ave N

Brooklyn Center

1:30-6:00pm

9/21

Indeed Brewing

711 15 Ave NE

Minneapolis

12:00-5:00pm

9/22

Maple Grove Community Center

12951 Weaver Lake Rd

Maple Grove

3:00-7:00pm

9/22

Waterford Office Park

605 Hwy 169 N

Plymouth

10:00am-3:00pm

9/22

Metropolitan Airports Commission

6040 28th Ave S

Minneapolis

8:00am-1:00pm

9/23

Minnetonka United Methodist Church

17611 Lake St Extension

Minnetonka

3:00-7:00pm

9/24

Woodbury Community

1925 Woodwinds Dr

Woodbury

7:00am-2:00pm

9/24

Citizens Independent Bank

5000 36th St

St Louis Park

9:00am-2:00pm

9/26

Pull for Papa

22776 MN-15

Saint Cloud

9:00am-2:30pm

9/28

Annunciation Catholic Church

509 W 54th St

Minneapolis

12:00-7:00pm

9/29

Shakopee Police Dept

475 Gorman St

Shakopee

11:00am-6:00pm

9/30

North Star Resource Group

2701 University Ave SE

Minneapolis

7:30am-12:30pm

 

About Memorial Blood Centers

Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has been saving lives since 1948 as an independent nonprofit. MBC relies on the local community to donate blood to help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available to area hospitals and other partners throughout the country. With operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, MBC is a division of New York Blood Centers Enterprises (NYBCe), serving communities across the country. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.