St. Cloud Area Blood Donation Center expands hours to meet the needs of the community

October 22, 2012

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The American Red Cross St. Cloud Area Blood Donation Center, 1301 West Germain Street, St. Cloud, Minn., is expanding its hours of operation to better fit the needs of the community. Effective Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, the blood donation center be open an additional day each week for blood donation appointments. New hours:

St. Cloud Donation Center
Monday and Thursday 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A grand reopening event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Donation Center, 1301 West Germain Street. The public is invited to attend and learn more about blood donation and other lifesaving services that the Red Cross provides. In addition to these activities, long-time Red Cross volunteer, 97-year-old Flora Johnson, will be honored for 40 years of volunteering with the Red Cross.

“We want to thank the St. Cloud community for their past and continuing dedication to blood donation. Adjusting the hours of operation and adding a day during the week will give the community and downtown workers more flexibility to schedule blood donation appointments at convenient times,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of North Central Blood Services Region. “We want to better accommodate the schedules of our dedicated donors and also attract new donors.”

The St. Cloud Area Blood Donation Center is a part of the North Central Blood Services Region which provides blood products and specialized services to 108 hospitals throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota.

In addition, the Red Cross serves the St. Cloud community through the Central Minnesota Chapter. The Chapter provides relief to victims of disaster, trains people in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disaster or conflict.

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
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 join our blog at