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Dozens spring into action to donate blood.

A near-record turnout for Health Fair 11’s Spring Blood Drive with Memorial Blood Centers on March 23.
Credit: KARE 11

MINNEAPOLIS — STORY UPDATE: Blood donors turned out in droves for the Health Fair 11 Spring Blood Drive. Thank you to the 154 people who showed up to share their live-giving blood. This was the second-highest turnout for a March blood drive coordinated by Health Fair 11 on behalf of Memorial Blood Centers.

Special thanks to Minneapolis Marriot West hotel for hosting the drive, Eileen's Colossal Cookies for providing treats, and KARE 11 to promoting the drive.

Health Fair 11's Summer Blood Drive is scheduled for July 20. The location is TBD.


Be in the room where it happens. Act now by signing up to donate at the Health Fair 11 Spring Blood Drive with Memorial Blood Centers. Your presence could land you tickets to one of the hottest theater productions coming to the Twin Cities in just a few weeks.

The Health Fair 11 Spring Drive takes place on Thursday, March 23 and is hosted by the Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel. Staff with Memorial Blood Centers will be on site from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Donors will be treated to Eileen’s Colossal Cookies and vintage Memorial Blood Centers t-shirts. In addition, all presenting donors will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Hamilton on April 9 when it comes to the Twin Cities for a five-week run.

Donation times can now be reserved (use this link.)  Appointments are preferred because it helps minimize wait times. Walk-in donors will be accepted as space allows.

The donation process will go smoother and faster if donors fill out the health history questionnaire online prior to arrival. The questionnaire must be completed on the day of the donation. Learn more about the iDonate process here. People who have questions about their eligibility to donate blood or the collection process can click here

Blood drive details

What: Health Fair 11 Spring Blood Drive
When: March 23 | 1:00-7:00pm
Where: Minneapolis Marriot West Hotel, 9960 Wayzata Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426. The hotel, located near KARE 11 studios, is north of I-394 and west of Highway 169.
Who: Memorial Blood Centers
Sponsors: KARE 11, Memorial Blood Center, Health Fair 11, Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel
Why?: Because your blood is needed to save lives.

The Health Fair 11 Spring 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 additional sponsorship support. Email healthfair@kare11.com for information.

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