Give Thanks this Thanksgiving by Donating Blood

November 17, 2011

This Thanksgiving, you can give patients the opportunity to spend another holiday with their family and friends, and get a complimentary pumpkin pie, by donating blood through the American Red Cross.

Throughout the year, dedicated donors take time out of their day to help patients in need. During this season of giving thanks, the Red Cross is thanking blood donors by offering a complimentary pumpkin pie to all presenting donors at four participating blood drives on Thanksgiving Day and one blood drive on November 23. 

“As you reflect on the things you are most thankful for this holiday season, take the time to give blood,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “In about an hour, you can give patients in need the gift of life.”

The need for blood is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. The North Central Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross partners with 111 hospitals throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota to provide blood products and specialized laboratory services.

Thanksgiving Blood Drives

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Glen Cary Lutheran Church – 15531 Central Avenue, Ham Lake, Minn.
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a complementary pie sponsored by Lutheran Brotherhood.

Thursday, November 24, 2011
St. Paul Blood Donation Center – 176 Robert Street South, St. Paul, Minn.
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a complimentary pie from Kowalski’s Markets.

North Suburban Blood Donation Center – 1160 West County Road E, Arden Hills, Minn.
7 a.m. – 1 p .m.
All presenting donors will receive a complimentary pie from Kowalski’s Markets.

Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center – 3485 E. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, Wis.
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a complimentary pie from Festival Foods.

National Guard Training/Community Center – 521 Armstrong, St. James, Minn.
7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
All presenting donors will receive a complimentary pie from Paul’s Food Pride.

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 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 18 years of age and younger 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.