Donate at City blood drive June 27 for a T-shirt and chance to win Twins tickets

Donate blood Monday, June 27, at City Hall for a free T-shirt and a chance to win Twins tickets. Memorial Blood Centers teamed up with the Minnesota Twins to offer anyone who donates blood in June a chance to get entered into a weekly drawing for a pair of premium Minnesota Twins tickets. Donors will also be eligible to win four premium Minnesota Twins tickets and a $200 Visa gift card for travel accommodations.

Most people who are in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate blood. Although all blood types are needed, the need is especially urgent for Type O-negative and Type O-positive blood right now.

Sign up to donate

To schedule a time slot to donate blood, go to www.mbc.org/searchdrives (enter sponsor code 0960). Registering ahead of time is encouraged, but you can also register in person the day of the event at the table in the City Hall Rotunda.

About donating 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.

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.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Maija at mschmelzer@mbc.org or 651-332-7167.

 

Published Jun 14, 2016

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