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Culver’s joins Three Eagles Communications and the American Red Cross for Annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drives

North Central

September 2, 2010
 

The upcoming four-day Mankato Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive with Z99/Three Eagles Communications and the American Red Cross have a new partner. Culver’s has joined the effort to increase blood donations at a time when there haven’t been enough blood donors according to the Red Cross.  

Thanks to Culver’s Pint for a Pint program, all presenting blood donors at the Rock ‘N Roll drives, September 7-10, will receive a free pint of Culver’s Frozen Custard. Live Z99 will be broadcasting from all Rock ‘N Roll drive sites throughout the week, treating donors to the best Top-40 music. In addition, through September 10, 2010, all presenting donors will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas gift card from the Red Cross.

Despite donors like Ardis Steel of Mankato, who at 83-years-old regularly gives blood just about every time she is eligible, often to the day, blood donations have declined over the summer months. Blood donors with all blood types are urgently needed.

“With many people getting back from the long Labor Day weekend and occupied with back to school activities, this week (Sept. 7-10) is particularly challenging for blood donations,” said Nick Gehrig, communications manager with the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “The Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives are critical to maintaining adequate blood supplies for patients.”

Steel began giving blood in 1957 when an acquaintance encouraged her to give. “I had never been asked before,” she said. “After that first donation, I knew it was the right thing to do.” Steel has given 229 pints of blood or 28.6 gallons over 54 years. Although not eligible to give blood at the Rock ‘N Roll blood drives since she gave just last month, Steel encourages others to give: “It only takes about an hour of your time and a single donation can help more than one patient.”

Mary Jo Menden, assistant director of the laboratory and blood bank head at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital knows first-hand how important it is to have a readily available blood supply for patients. “When the call comes from the emergency or operating room, it’s the blood on the shelf that saves the day,” Menden says. “Blood donors are a lifeline for patients.”

To make an appointment to donate at any of the Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives, or for more information, visit redcrossblood.org or call 507-387-6664.

Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drives

  • Tuesday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s, 1856 Madison Avenue, Mankato
  • Wednesday, September 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s, 1856 Madison Avenue, Mankato
  • Wednesday, September 8, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato
  • Thursday, September 9, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato
  • Thursday, September 9, 11 a.m. t0 4 p.m., Culver’s, 1680 Commerce Drive, North Mankato
  • Friday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato

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, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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