Red Cross, KARE 11 to host annual blood drive and celebrate blood donors
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The American Red Cross and KARE 11 have teamed up again this year to celebrate National Blood Donor Month and give people the opportunity to make donating blood one of their New Year’s resolutions.
The annual KARE 11 blood drive will be held on Jan. 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. at KARE 11, 8811 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley. All presenting donors will not only have the opportunity to give something that means something by giving blood, but will also receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt as a thank you for their generosity. To make an online appointment to give blood, donors can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The Red Cross thanks all those who roll up a sleeve each year to help save lives because the stability of the nation’s blood supply relies on the generosity of volunteer blood and platelet donors. Ron Woldengen is one of those donors. Woldengen, a North St. Paul resident and dedicated platelet donor, has donated nearly 100 gallons of blood in his lifetime. His donations alone may have helped over 1,000 hospital patients.
Woldengen started donating blood in the 1970s and donates platelets on a regular basis. “I am blessed to be healthy and able to donate regularly,” said Woldengen. “Donating blood is my way of giving back,” says Woldengen. “I am proud to have helped save hundreds of lives. If I could encourage just one other person to become a blood donor, it would be the best reward ever.”
“On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “As the new year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to saving lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”
All blood types are needed. Donors with O negative, A negative and B negative are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Rh negative blood types are always in high demand because they can be transfused to both Rh positive and Rh negative patients. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNC.