Recovery 2011 Blood Drive Sponsors Recognized by the American Red Cross

March 25, 2011

With more than 30,000 blood donations canceled because of severe winter weather across the country during January and part of February, the American Red Cross set out to recover those donations through the support of committed volunteer blood drive hosts and blood donors. The recovery period concluded March 5, and it is with great appreciation that the Red Cross recognized the following hosting organizations for their exceptional efforts in a USA Today advertisement on Thursday, March 17.

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St. Peters Lutheran Church, Afton New Richland Community, New Richland
First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea Carleton College, Northfield
Alexandria Armory, Alexandria Osakis Community, Osakis
Alexandria Clinic, Alexandria Eden Valley Community, Paynesville
Alexandria Community, Alexandria Paynesville Community, Paynesville
Douglas Machine Corporation, Alexandria American Legion, Pequot Lakes
Annandale Community, Annandale Pine Technical College, Pine City
Anoka Community, Anoka Creative Memories, Princeton
Anoka United Methodist Church, Anoka Princeton United Methodist Church, Princeton
Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Apple Valley Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount
Eastview High School, Apple Valley Encore Capital Group, Saint Cloud
Country Financial, Arden Hills St. Cloud State University, Saint Cloud
Smiths Medical ASD Inc., Arden Hills College of St. Benedict, Saint Joseph
Austin Community, Austin Sauk Centre Community, Sauk Centre
Riverland Community College, Austin Kraus Hartig VFW Post 6587, Spring Lake Park
MN Department of Transportation, Baxter Spring Lake Park High School, Spring Lake Park
Xcel, Becker PrimeVest, St. Cloud
Benson Community, Benson St. Cloud Community, St Cloud
Benson High School, Benson St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud
Christ Lutheran Church, Blaine Faribault Community, Faribault
Buffalo High School, Buffalo Saint Paul College, St. Paul
Berean Baptist Church, Burnsville YMCA Skyway, St. Paul
Canby Community, Canby Holy Family Catholic High School, Victoria
Chokio Community, Chokio HealthSource Waconia, Waconia
Dakota County Wescott Library, Eagan Waconia High School, Waconia
Thomson Reuters, Eagan Augustana Lutheran Church, West Saint Paul
Elbow Lake Community, Elbow Lake Ridgewater College, Willmar
Fairmont Community, Fairmont Eagle Lake Lutheran Church, Willmar
Southern Plains Learning Center, Fairmont American Legion Post #9, Winona
Foley Community, Foley Express Suites River Port Inn, Winona
Forest Lake High School, Forest Lake Merchants National Bank, Winona
Totino Grace High School, Fridley St. Mary's University, Winona
Gaylord Community, Gaylord Winona State University, Winona
McLeod County Public Health, Glencoe East Ridge High School, Woodbury
Yellow Medicine East High School, Granite Falls Kowalski’s Market, Woodbury
Blaine VFW, Ham Lake  
Regina Medical Center Auxiliary, Hastings Wisconsin
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hastings Amery Community, Amery
Wheaton Community, Herman Northland College, Ashland
3M, Hutchinson Cameron Community, Cameron
CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights Chippewa County, Chippewa Falls
Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire
Faith Lutheran Church, Isanti Red Cedar Medical Center, Menomonie
Jordan Community, Jordan Osceola High School, Osceola, Wisconsin
Madison Community, Madison Knights of Columbus, Rice Lake
Minnesota State University Delta Sigma Pi, Mankato Rice Lake Community, Rice Lake
Snell Motors, Mankato American Legion Post 121, River Falls
South Central College, Mankato University of Wisconsin, River Falls
MGS Machine Corporation, Maple Grove Roberts Community, Roberts
3M, Maplewood Shell Lake Community, Shell Lake
Marine on St Croix Community, Marine on Saint Croix St. Croix Falls Community, St. Croix Falls
HealthPartners, Minneapolis  
Air Force Base, Minneapolis South Dakota
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis Big Stone American Legion, Big Stone City
Montevideo Community, Montevideo Toronto Community, Toronto

Thanks to these organizations and those who donated at the drives, as well as many other blood drive hosts and donors, the blood supply is currently sufficient. But the need for blood is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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.