Don’t let the mosquitos get to your blood first: Donate June 16

Help save a life by donating blood at a blood drive Monday, June 16, at City Hall from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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 prior to the blood drive.

Donors can win Twins tickets

Folks who donate blood in June will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of Minnesota Twins premium tickets.

Sign up to donate

To schedule a time slot, go to www.mbc.org/searchdrives (enter sponsor code 0960), email Brian Googins or call him at 651-332-7167. Registering for the event is encouraged, but you can also walk up to the table in the City Hall Rotunda the day of the event to volunteer to donate blood.

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 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.

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 Jun 9, 2014