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18 people donate for the first time at the Winter Blood Drive

Health Fair 11 has a strong turnout for it annual Winter Blood Drive with the American Red Cross.
Credit: Health Fair 11
Red Cross staff collect blood donations at the Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The lives of more than 240 people will be impacted thanks to the people who showed up to donated blood at the Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive. A total of 90 people signed in to donate to the American Red Cross. Eighteen of them were first-time donors. In all 82 units of blood were collected. The Red Cross says each unit can impact the medical care of three people. 

Health Fair 11's annual winter drive is normally hosted by KARE 11 TV. 

this year's drive was moved to the Minneapolis Marriott West hotel, 9960 Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park to ensure safe social distancing in an inviting environment. 

All units collected by teh Red Cross will be tested for coronavirus antibodies. People who have recovered from COVID are eligible to give blood. In fact, their plasma is in high demand. 

A spokesperson for the Twin Cities-American Red Cross says, because of COVID-19, many long-standing blood drives at businesses and schools have been canceled. The Red Cross continues to look for new blood drive hosts. Learn more by checking out www.redcrossblood.org

Health Fair 11’s next blood drive is scheduled to take place in mid-March.


The Health Fair 11 Winter Blood Drive is coordinated by Health Fair 11, a nonprofit organization that operates with support from UCare and KARE 11. Health Fair 11 is currently seeking additional sponsorship support. Email healthfair@kare11.com for information.