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St. Paul churches rally to support the Red Cross

North Central

January 24, 2014
 

ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Three St. Paul churches have formed a new venture called “The Circle of Faith Partnership” to help make blood available to patients when it is needed. Gloria Dei Lutheran, Mount Zion Temple and St. Clement’s Episcopal churches are collaborating to jointly schedule and promote a series of American Red Cross blood drives in 2014.

The need for blood is constant and eligible donors can donate blood every 56 days. To help ensure a stable blood supply, and provide area blood donors with regular blood donation opportunities, this new partnership was formed.

“We want to thank the St. Paul community for their past and continuing dedication to blood donation. Adjusting the blood drive schedule at area churches will give the local community the ability to schedule regular blood donation appointments throughout the year and not compete for donors,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of North Central Blood Services Region. “We hope that this new partnership will enable blood donors to donate more frequently and attract new donors as well.”

Upcoming “Circle of Faith Partnership” blood donation opportunities:
Monday, Feb. 10 from 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

Wednesday, April 23 from 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

Sunday, June 29, times to be announced, St. Clements Episcopal Church, 901 Portland Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

Thousands of blood donations are needed every day to treat trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, cancer patients, premature babies and many more.  With just an hour of their time every eight weeks, blood donors can help give patients extra days, months or even years with their family and friends. To a patient in need, time is everything.

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.

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