PLYMOUTH, Minn. — We're all trying to find ways to pass the time. Donating blood is an option.
"Got nothing else to do," said Mimi Schroeder who was donating blood Tuesday. "Puzzles only last so long."
She is a freshman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
"Why not come out right," says Ella Schroeder who is a freshman at the University of Iowa.
"This is my first time so," said Sunny Schroeder, a freshman at UW-Madison.
All three sisters are from Wayzata.
"Yeah I'm a triplet," said Mimi.
They donated blood together with school on hiatus.
"It's a family affair," said Ella.
It was their mom's idea.
"Might as well try to do something good so she was looking up things to do and thought we could donate blood so," said Mimi.
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Good timing as the coronavirus has forced dozens of Memorial Blood Centers' drives to be canceled. More than 25 so far this week.
More than half of blood donations come from blood drives.
"A large percentage of it is collected from the student population. Schools out," said Phil Losacker with Memorial Blood Centers.
He says that threatens the blood supply. That is why he is calling on people who are healthy to donate.
With the outbreak he says staff are taking precautions too.
"Doing some extra cleaning on our vehicles and on our donor centers and offering hand sanitizer and keeping a distance between donors," said Losacker.
Donors like Mimi, Ella, and Sunny are now home for the foreseeable future who might be back to donate more blood.
Maybe if I'm here for longer," said Mimi.
As always people are not able to donate if they have a fever or symptoms of a cold.
Those who have traveled to areas with significant coronavirus outbreaks are asked not to donate as well.
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