Red Cross and City of Brooklyn Park partner to help save lives

October 1, 2014

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — The City of Brooklyn Park is partnering with the American Red Cross to remind eligible donors that their support is needed. On Oct. 28, the City will host a blood drive to help ensure patients have the lifesaving blood products they need this fall and winter.

The Red Cross needs a diverse blood supply to help ensure that all blood types are available whenever and wherever patient needs arise. Blood type is inherited just like the color of your eyes and hair. As an inherited trait, many ethnic groups have rare blood types that are specific to race, ethnicity or genetic background.

When blood types are matched closely, patients are at a lower risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. For this reason, it is extremely important to increase the number of available blood donors from all ethnic groups.

“We are so excited to be hosting a Red Cross blood drive,” said Jamie Verbrugge, City of Brooklyn Park. “Making a blood donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients right here in our community and across the nation. It’s a great way to give back with just one hour of your time.”

During October, Suburban Propane is joining the American Red Cross to raise awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations with the first nationwide “Fuel Your Community” campaign. All presenting blood and platelet donors at Red Cross blood drives and donation centers during October will be eligible to register to win one $5,000 Visa gift card as part of the campaign, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

City of Brooklyn Park Community Blood Drive
Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Activity Center 5600 85th Ave., Brooklyn Park

Donors can make a donation appointment by visiting and entering sponsor code CITYBROOKPK, or contacting Marlene Kryder at 763-493-8001.

Blood donors with all types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are currently needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNC.