(The following is a press release from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.)
Blood donors are desperately needed. Typically during the holidays blood donations decline while demand increases. It only takes one hour to give one pint of blood and that pint could potentially save as many as three lives.
All blood types are needed, but especially Type O, the universal donor. In order to give blood you need to be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. Other health matters are discussed as part of the health history and brief examination.
To help encourage donors during the holiday season, Memorial Blood Center will conduct a random drawing at the end of December 2012 to give away ten $500 travel certificates for a winter vacation to individuals who have donated blood at any of the Memorial Blood Center drives this month.
Please make an appointment to give blood by calling the SMSC Wellness Coordinator at 952-233-2965. A limited number of walk-ins will also be accepted.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has sponsored blood drives for more than 25 years.