American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter

Regarding the 35W Bridge Collapse


American Red Cross Blood Services was prepared for this disaster with an ample blood supply.


The response from blood donors has been remarkable. Local blood supplies are receiving a needed boost. But blood has a short shelf-life of just 42 days, meaning we’ll need blood donors in the coming weeks to be sure we’re prepared for any tragedy.


Future blood donations will help the Red Cross be prepared for the next disaster, big or small.


If you’re unable to find an available appointment soon, please call us back at 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or go online and schedule an appointment later this month, or even next.


The need is always great and patients in need are depending on you.


Give Blood, Give Life


American Red Cross Blood Services

Blood donors are everyday people with a desire to give back to their community. They are high school students, business executives and everyone in between-people with a generous spirit, whose gift means life to patients in need.


Red Cross Blood DonorWhether at a blood drive in a community or at a donation center in the city, every blood donor plays an integral role in the delivery of modern healthcare. Many diseases, surgeries and conditions require blood transfusions in order for treatments to be successful and recovery to be possible. Because each unit of blood is separated into three components - red cells, platelets and plasma - each donation can help to save up to three lives.


The need for blood is constant. On average, just 5 percent of eligible individuals donate blood despite that 95 percent of Americans will need blood at some point in their lives.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible donors can call 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or go online to to learn more about blood donation and to make a blood donation appointment. A blood donor card or drivers license are required at check-in. Donors must be at least 17 years old and must weigh at least 110 pounds.


Hospitals Served

The Minnesota Red Cross Blood Services region serves 109 hospitals: 85 in Minnesota - including the Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Systems and Allina Hospitals & Clinics - 23 in Wisconsin and one in South Dakota.


About Red Cross Blood Services

The Mid-America Division of the American Red Cross supplies blood products to nearly 250 hospitals in 10 states and across the nation. We rely on the generosity of more than 800,000 volunteer blood donors, nearly 6,200 blood drive coordinators and more than 1,800 employees to collect the blood that helps save thousands of lives each year. The Divisions regional offices are located in St. Paul, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; and Peoria, Illinois.


The Mid-America Division is one of 10 Red Cross Blood Services Divisions located across the United States. Together, these divisions provide nearly one half of the blood needed each year to treat patients across the nation-about 6 million units.