Give blood to help Minneapolis Police and Fire win the Battle of the Badges

The 10th annual Battle of the Badges blood drive will take place in August across the Twin Cities metro area. Help Minneapolis Police and Fire save lives and win this friendly competition among metro teams of first responders to earn bragging rights for the most blood donors and the most life-saving units of blood donated.

Support our Police and Fire departments and help save lives by donating 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17, at City Hall. Most people who are in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate blood. Although all blood types are needed, there is a special need for type O blood.

Be sure to eat before donating, and bring an ID card. Anyone who donates should not have any cold or flu symptoms for three days before the blood drive and should be free of taking antibiotics for 24 hours.

Sign up to donate

You can schedule a time slot to give blood here (enter sponsor code 0960) or contact Izzy Sullivan at isullivan@mbc.org or 651-332-7167. Registering to donate is encouraged, but you can also sign up on the day of the event in the City Hall Rotunda.

About donating blood

Typically, it takes about an hour to donate blood from the time you sign in until the time you leave. When you arrive, a staff member will determine your eligibility. That involves a few basic health questions; the names of any medications you’re taking; and checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and red-blood-cell level.

All blood collection equipment is sterile and used only once. Collecting a unit of blood takes between 10 and 25 minutes. You may feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted, but most donors say they don’t feel any discomfort for the remainder of the donation. After your donation, you will be given some refreshments to help replenish your fluids. Then you’re ready to resume your normal daily activities.

Published Jul 28, 2015

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