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Red Cross partners with A Taste of Minnesota to help save lives over July 4 holiday weekend

North Central

June 30, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Donate blood at the American Red Cross bloodmobile during A Taste of Minnesota and get a taste of how good it feels to help save lives. In appreciation, all presenting donors will receive $10 in food and beverage tickets and a limited edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Independence Day, which is why all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a limited edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Taste of Minnesota community blood drive – new location due to Harriet Island flooding:

July 3 - July 6 from 1-6 p.m. daily at Carver County Fairgrounds (right inside Gate 5), 501 W. Third St., Waconia

The Taste of Minnesota 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.

“We are so excited to help our friends at the Red Cross collect blood over the holiday weekend to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need this summer,” said Linda Maddox, general manager of Taste of Minnesota. “You never know when a family member or someone close to you will be the one in need of blood products.”

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 and avoid a shortage over the summer months.

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.