Whenever I see this urgent message, my heart hurts a bit.  I personally know how it feels to have a family member who is ill.  To know that there is a possibility my loved one may not have what they need to be as healthy as possible is extremely concerning.  Right now, that need is here in Minnesota.

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Urgent Need for Blood in Minnesota

As many of us are going through our normal day-to-day activities...dropping kids off at camp or daycare, heading off to work, grocery shopping, and all things that life throws at us...others in our community are getting hooked up to I.V.'s and needing blood or plasma.

Based on one of the latest press releases from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the universal blood type, O-, is urgently needed.

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URGENT NEED Help us increase our O- blood supply by donating or spreading the word! Adequate O- blood supply is vital as it is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient in need.❤
Unsure of your blood type? No problem! While O- is crucial right now, we need donors of all types. Discover your blood type after donation.

- Blood Donor Program - Mayo Clinic

 

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How To Make an Appointment to Donate Blood in Rochester and Help Save 3 Lives!

Why donate blood? That’s easy – it helps save lives. Every six minutes, a transfusion of blood or blood products are needed by a patient at Mayo Clinic.

Fun Fact - each blood donation can help save up to 3 lives – a mother, a daughter, a brother, or a friend - and all blood collected at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor center is used locally.

2 Locations in Rochester, Minnesota where you can donate blood.

  • #1 - Mayo Clinic, Hilton Building, First Floor, 210 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
    •  The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location on the main floor of the Hilton Building is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with special late-night hours the second Thursday of each month.
  • #2 - Mayo Clinic Hospital, 41st Street Buildings, 4115 W. Frontage Road, Rochester, MN 55901
    • The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location at 41st Street is open from 6:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Same-day appointments are available!  Just call (507) 284-4475 to see about openings or at a time that works best for you.

Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program at their website here.

Who really benefits from the blood that I give?

There are so many patients that are receiving care in Rochester for so many different reasons.  Your blood could be reaching kids that are fighting cancer or even a celebrity that is getting care in our town.  The land of Mayo Clinic sees many celebrities that are kept top secret but if you scroll a little bit, you'll see a few that have been patients at Mayo Clinic.

12 Celebrities Who Have Been Patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

When you are one of the best hospitals in the world, you are going to attract some celebrities. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has seen quite a few throughout its history.

Gallery Credit: Jessica Williams