APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – On Dec. 22, the American Red Cross and Dunn Brothers Coffee will partner to give something that means something to hospital patients in need at the 10 Hours of Giving Blood Drive. The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Apple Valley Dunn Brothers Coffee, 15265 Galaxie Ave.
To encourage donations, all who come to give will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes, including a free one-night stay at the Grandstay Hotel. Those attending the drive will also be thanked with a cup of Dunn Brothers coffee and a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
“This is a great way for Dunn Brothers to help give back to the community, and we are very excited to be hosting a holiday blood drive,” said Jake Wicker, manager of Dunn Brothers Coffee. “We hope that while people are shopping for last minute gifts, they will give the gift that doesn’t cost a thing and can help save a life, while enjoying a cup of coffee!”
The 10 Hours of Giving Blood Drive comes at a crucial time of year for patients who need blood at the 106 hospitals served by the Red Cross in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota, as well as patients across the country. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
“By rolling up a sleeve and giving blood, donors have the opportunity to discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications manager, North Central Blood Services Region. “A blood donation may give patients needing blood the chance to spend more holidays with loved ones.”
Healthy donors with all blood types are needed. To make an appointment download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code: Dunn Bros.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.