Give Hope This Thanksgiving by Donating Blood

November 4, 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn. – While Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, it can also be a time to give hope to patients who rely on donated blood. This Thanksgiving, the American Red Cross is thanking blood donors for giving hope to patients in need by offering all presenting donors free pumpkin pies at participating area blood donation centers and special blood drives during the week of Thanksgiving. Complimentary pies will be provided to St. Paul and Shoreview donors courtesy of Kowalski's Markets; to St. James donors courtesy of Paul's Food Pride and Eau Claire donors courtesy of Festival Foods.

"Blood donation is a simple act that helps save lives," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. "It only takes about an hour and gives patients and their families hope during the holiday season."

Recipients of blood products are not able to take a holiday from needing lifesaving blood. They are in constant need of a healthy supply. Please take the time to give thanks by giving blood this holiday season. You could change a life, starting with your own.

Participating Thanksgiving Day Blood Drives

  • Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center
    3485 E. Hamilton Av
    Eau Claire, WI 
    7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • North Suburban Blood Donation Center 
    3490 Lexington Av N
    Shoreview, MN 
    7 a.m. – 1 p .m. 
  • St. Paul Blood Donation Center
    176 Robert St So
    St. Paul, MN 
    7 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • National Guard Training/Community Center
    521 Armstrong 
    St. James, MN 
    7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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 permission 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 younger than 18 years also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Media Contact

Jill Applegate 


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