You’re somebody’s type: Donate blood April 21

Saving lives is in your blood. Join your coworkers and sign up to donate blood at the Memorial Blood Center bloodmobile at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday, April 21.

Most people who are in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds may donate. Be sure to eat before donating, and bring your ID card. Anyone who donates should not have any cold or flu symptoms for three days before donating.

How to sign up

Schedule a time online to donate blood (enter sponsor code 0960) or contact Brian Googins by email or at 651-332-7167. You can also walk up to the table in the City Hall Rotunda to volunteer. Although all blood types are needed, there is a special need for O-negative and O-positive blood.

About donating blood

All blood collection equipment is sterile and used only once. 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 to donate. That involves asking you a few basic health questions (including the names of medications you are taking) and checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and red-blood-cell level.

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 Apr 15, 2014