Crookston Lions hosted a two day blood drive with United Blood Services on January 29 and 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church. 93 volunteered and 79 were able to donate. 97 units of blood were collected for patients in need. 18 donors came forward to donate Power Red Cells. United Blood Services expressed their gratitude to Chuck Larson who coordinated the drive. Others who assisted the day of the drive were: Duane Anderson, Fred Parnow and Tim Motherway.
    
U of M Crookston Blood Drive

    University of Minnesota, Crookston hosted a blood drive with United Blood Services on February 12 at the Student Center. 58 volunteered and 49 were able to donate. 58 units of blood were collected for patients in need. 9 donors came forward to donate Power Red Cells. United Blood Services expressed their gratitude to Stacey Grunewald, who coordinated the drive, and U of M Crookston which sponsored the blood drive

RiverView Health’s Blood Drive

    Crookston, MN- RiverView Health hosted a blood drive with United Blood Services on February 22 at RiverView Health. 43 volunteered and 38 were able to donate. 48 units of blood were collected for patients in need. 10 donors came forward to donate Power Red Cells. United Blood Services expressed their gratitude to Kari Moe, who coordinated the drive, and RiverView Health which sponsored the blood drive, as well as others who assisted the day of the drive: Diane Erickson, Celeste Morris and Cathi Bauer.

    United Blood Services strives to keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meed the news of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

    United Blood Services is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

    About 30 percent of UBS’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that lifesaving blood from UBS.

    Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero.com or by calling (877)827-4376. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services’ Hero in Me rewards program.

    Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate on www.unitedbloodservices.org

    For more information about each specific blood drive, contact:
Katie Bartelson
Senior Donor Recruitment Representative
United Blood Services
3231 11th St. S., Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 799-5742
kbartelson@bloodsystems.org

    For more information about United Blood Services and blood donation, contact:
Tesia Hummer
Marketing and communications specialist
United Blood Services - North Division
210 W. Cataldo Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
Mobile: (509) 710-0528
www.unitedbloodservices.org