Giving blood a slam dunk during National Blood Donor Month

Memorial Blood Centers is partnering with the Minnesota Timberwolves to show appreciation to blood donors during January — National Blood Donor Month. Donors who come out to donate between January 1-31 will receive a voucher redeemable for two Minnesota Timberwolves tickets.

Additionally, those who donate beginning this week on Tuesday, Dec. 20, through Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 will receive a free long-sleeve shirt as an extra thank you. January 3 is also the date of a blood drive at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague, 301 Second St. NE from 12 to 6 p.m. Maintaining a stable blood supply around the holidays is challenging, as many people spend time celebrating with family. However, the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and patients in local hospitals depend on groups like Memorial Blood Centers to be there with the blood they need to survive. Only volunteer donors can help ensure blood is available.

To schedule a life-saving donation today visit MBC.ORG, call 1-888- GIVE-BLD (1-888-448- 3253), or attend the January 3 blood drive in New Prague.

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To see more on this story pick up the December 22, 2016 print edition of The New Prague Times.