Fairgoers Can Help Save Lives Again by Giving Blood
Fairgoers Can Help Save Lives Again by Giving Blood In its third successful year, American Red Cross returns to the Minnesota State Fair
ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the third year in a row, the American Red Cross is counting on Minnesota State Fairgoers to help boost dwindling summer blood supplies.
Due to last year’s success, the American Red Cross returns this year to host five blood drives at the same location with a collection goal of 325 blood donations for patients at 111 area hospitals and more than 3,000 throughout the country.
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day (5)
Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30
Friday, September 4
Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6
WHERE: Underwood Street, across from the Haunted House (Gate 7)
HOW: Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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 permission 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 younger than 19 years also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
While all blood types are needed, type O and RH negative blood types are especially needed at this time. The Red Cross encourages all blood donors, especially first-time donors, to take a few easy steps to prepare for a good donation experience: Get a good night's sleep, eat a good meal and drink extra water or other non-caffeinated fluids.
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.