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Red Cross partners with Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest to help save lives

North Central

June 13, 2014

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — When the summer season arrives, blood and platelet donations often decline as schools are out of session and families pack their schedules full of fun activities. But cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and more can’t take a summer holiday from needing a lifesaving blood transfusion.

To help ensure patients have the blood products they need this summer, the American Red Cross is partnering with the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest to host its first blood drive during the annual festival on June 21.

This blood drive is part of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign, and reminds blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.

“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO, North Central Blood Services Region. “Making a blood or platelet donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”

100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. Individuals can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.

Give blood at the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest:
June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kingston Park, Indian Blvd. and S. 75th St.
All presenting donors will receive a coupon from Bruegger’s Bagels for a free coffee and bagel with cream cheese.

Donors of all blood types are needed on June 21, especially O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are also welcome.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.