Red Cross blood drive at Convention Center Friday, July 14

The American Red Cross and the Minneapolis Convention Center are hosting a blood drive Friday, July 14. The Red Cross will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101GH, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Sign up to donate

To sign up, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-766-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter WELCA MCC. Registering ahead of time is encouraged, but you can also register in person the day of the event.

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 activities.

 

 

Published Jul 11, 2017

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