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New Year Resolution? Donate blood!

Every two seconds someone needs blood. Take an hour out of your day to save lives.
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Donors wanted for the Red Cross Winter Blood Drive on January 5, 2023.

MINNEAPOLIS — UPDATE: Thanks to the 75+ people who showed up to donate at the Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. Seventy units of lifesaving blood were collected. Special thanks to the 21 people who were first-time donors! 

Health Fair 11's next blood drive is scheduled for March 23, 2023. It supports Memorial Blood Centers.

Do more ‘good’ in the new year! Start by donating at the Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive. The American Red Cross is asking people to reserve donations times NOW for the drive taking place on Thursday, January 5, 2023. The drive takes place at the Minneapolis Marriott West hotel, 9960 Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park from 1:00-7:00 p.m. The hotel, located near KARE 11 studios, is north of I-394 and west of Highway 169. The location for the blood drive guarantees an inviting (warm) environment.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and are available NOW by using this link to the Red Cross scheduling site. Enter sponsor code  ‘KARE11’ to select a donation time. Donors can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve a donation timeslot.  Walk-in donors are appreciated and will be accepted as space allows.

Appointments help ensure attendance management and proper social distancing. The donation process will go smoother and faster if donors fill out the RapidPass health history questionnaire online prior to arrival. The questionnaire must be completed on the day of the donation. Learn more about the RapidPass process here. If you have questions ‘click’ eligibility to donate blood and the collection process

 Blood drive details

  • What: Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive
  • When: January 5 | 1:00-7:00pm
  • Where: Minneapolis Marriot West hotel, 9960 Wayzata Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426
  • Who: Twin Cities-American Red Cross
  • Sponsors: Health Fair 11 & KARE 11
  • Why? Because your blood is needed to save lives.

Donors will receive long sleeved American Red Cross t-shirts. Everyone who signs up to donate will be entered into drawings for gift cards.

The Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive is coordinated by Health Fair 11, a nonprofit organization that operates with media support from KARE 11. Health Fair 11 is currently seeking sponsors/collaborators to develop outreach programs in 2023. Email healthfair@kare11.com for information.

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