American Red Cross blood drive at Wright County Home & Garden Show
BUFFALO, Minn. — Wright County residents will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeve and donate blood at the Wright County Home & Garden Show at the Buffalo Civic Center on Saturday, April 6. Nick and Molly Mortenson, owners of NMC Exteriors, with locations in Plymouth and Buffalo, Minn., are sponsoring the American Red Cross blood drive and encouraging the community to donate blood at the annual spring expo.
The Mortenson’s know all too well the importance of having an adequate blood supply available for patients. Two years ago, their twins were born at 28 weeks gestation at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Savannah and Sawyer weighed just 2 pounds 10 ounces and 3 pounds 1 ounce, respectively. Because of seriously low red blood cell counts and other conditions brought on by their prematurity, the twins were hospitalized for more than eight weeks, each requiring blood transfusions to help save their lives.
“We decided to coordinate a blood drive to help ensure that blood is available for other families who are in need. We are so grateful to the people who donated blood when our children needed it and want to encourage others to do the same,” said Molly Mortenson, mother of the twins. “Their little bodies were shutting down, they were so lethargic, and as soon as they had a blood transfusion it was like a miracle before our very eyes! They are both living proof that blood helps save lives.”
Wright County Home & Garden Show Blood Drive
Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Buffalo Civic Center
1306 County Road 134, Buffalo, Minn.
The Mortenson’s are also founding members of United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors Foundation (UASRC), a national, non-profit organization that provides community outreach opportunities to help communities rebuild after storms. “We have a passion both personally and professionally for helping others in need and we want to give back in a meaningful way,” said Molly. “In addition to sponsoring the Red Cross blood drive, NMC Exteriors will donate $10 to the U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital on behalf of each presenting blood donor.”
Today, the twins are doing well and the Mortenson’s are expecting another child. “It was the blood on the shelves that helped save our twin’s lives so we hope that the community will help us support the constant need for blood,” said Molly. “We are grateful that the newest member of our family will have an older sister and brother to grow up with.”
Donations collected at the blood drive may be used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.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. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.