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Red Cross partners with Lester Prairie community to help save lives

North Central

June 16, 2014

LESTER PRAIRIE, Minn. — When the summer season arrives, blood 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. On June 25, the Lester Prairie community will have the opportunity to help ensure patients have the blood products they need this summer.

Lester Prairie resident Herb Hoen knows firsthand the importance of having a stable blood supply. Hoen has needed blood transfusions three times in the past 15 years and credits blood donors for helping save his life. He first needed blood following a hip surgery in 1989. Then, in 2012, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and following complications from chemotherapy needed a blood transfusion to treat an anemic condition. A year later, he again needed a blood transfusion to treat a recurrence of anemia.  

“Blood donation does a lot of good for a lot of people and I would encourage anyone that is eligible to donate blood,” Hoen said. “I was a blood donor but I’m unable to donate now so I want to do my part and encourage others to be blood donors. You never know when you or a family member is going to be in need. Just one pint of blood helps more than one person and I believe it is very important to keep the blood supply up so it is available whenever or wherever it is needed.”

Give blood at the Lester Prairie community blood drive:

June 25 from 1-7 p.m. at City Hall, 37 N. Juniper St.

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. 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.

Donors of all blood types are needed on June 25, 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.