The Edina Police Department will host a blood drive for Memorial Blood Centers 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St. The donation is open to the public, but time slots are limited. Sgt. Kevin Rofidal has helped coordinate the blood drives at Edina City Hall for seven years and hopes to see public involvement continue to grow.
“We decided to expand the blood drive to be open to the public so people who want to donate don’t have to drive downtown and mess with the parking,” said Rofidal. “They can just come to our Council Chambers and donate.”
This blood drive will also collect double red cell donations through a process called apheresis. This process collects two units of red blood cells during a single donation. Donors who are O+, O-, A-, B- are in highest demand.
Anyone who donates blood to Memorial Blood Centers in February will be entered to win one of two pairs of tickets to Blake Shelton’s “Friends & Heroes” concert Friday, March 15, and a gift card to the Liffey Restaurant.
Those with pre-existing medical conditions like uncontrolled hypertension; a recent history of cancer, leukemia or lymphoma; or those who have hepatitis, HIV or AIDS may not be able to donate. Other restrictions can include those who take blood thinners, anti-platelet agents or other medications.
Memorial Blood Centers ask people donating to eat a full meal at least six hours before donating, get a full night’s sleep and drink a minimum 16 ounces of water the day of donating. To learn more, visit mbc.org. Sign up at mbcherohub.club and search sponsor code 0111 or contact Staffing & Training Specialist Terri Wilson at 952-826-0406 or twilson@EdinaMN.gov.