Minneapolis St. Paul News, Weather, Traffic, Sports | Minneapolis, Minnesota | kare11.com

Blood donors urgently needed over MEA weekend

Memorial Blood Centers said there is less than a one-day supply of most blood types.
Credit: Craig Hotvedt/HealthFair 11
Donors participate in a HealthFair 11/Memorial Blood Centers blood drive.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Memorial Blood Centers is urging Minnesotans to consider blood donations right now, especially over the MEA school break.

In a news release, Memorial Blood Centers said there is currently less than a one-day supply of most blood types, making it a challenge to fulfill the blood supply needs for hospitals. Type O blood, especially O-negative blood, is always in demand, since it can be given to anyone with any blood type.

Memorial Blood Centers is encouraging donations of all blood types, but especially type O blood, when it hosts its "Just for Os" blood drive on Friday, Oct. 18. The drive runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Blood Centers' St. Paul donor center at 737 Pelham Blvd.

RELATED: 11 things you might not know about blood donation

Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age (or 16 with written parental permission), in good health, free of antibiotics for the past 24 hours, and symptom-free for at least three days after a cold or flu.

More information can be found on the Memorial Blood Centers website.

RELATED: Don’t delay, get your flu shot today!