GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Blood supplies tend to fall to critically low levels during the holidays. Yet medical conditions and emergencies that require blood don’t stop. Donated blood is needed for babies in the intensive care unit, accident and burn survivors, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There’s only one way to get lifesaving blood – generous donors like you!

Start a new tradition this New Year! Help restock hospital shelves and give blood January 9th during the Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive at KARE 11 studios in Golden Valley, Minnesota. (map) The American Red Cross will be on site 1 – 7 p.m.

Bring a friend - Do you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage them to make an appointment with you. With just 3 out of every 100 people giving blood, there’s simply not enough people donating. Without more donors, patients will not have the blood they need. This is a great time for high school students, college students home on break and anyone who is looking for an important way to give back to the community. It doesn’t cost a dime to donate – just an hour of your time.

Make an appointment - Appointments are not necessary; however, donation times may be reserved by using this link: https://rcblood.org/2DJvzbR.

Speed up the donation process by completing the Red Cross Rapid Pass®.  To be valid, the Rapid Pass® must be completed on the day of your donation. Wondering what it takes to donate? Here’s a link to information on the blood donation requirements.

Need more incentive – how about a new TV?

As thanks, all who come to give will be entered in a drawing for a large Smart HDTV. Those who come to donate will also be treated to some sweet treats from Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, a coupon for a pint of Culver’s frozen custard, a coupon for Famous Dave’s BBQ  and a Red Cross long-sleeved T-Shirt, while supplies last.

About Health Fair 11

Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive at KARE 11’s studio is coordinated by Health Fair 11,  a nonprofit organization that operates with support from UCare and KARE 11. Email healthfair@kare11.com if you’d like to learn more about becoming a Health Fair 11 sponsor. 

 About the American Red Cross

 The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross provides blood products to 106 hospitals across the Minnesota region and approximately 70% of hospitals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. For more information, please visit redcrossblood.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNC.