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February blood drives planned in Cloquet

Several Cloquet organizations and companies will host blood drives in February 2009 for Memorial Blood Centers. "Giving blood is easy, safe and convenient," said Laura Kaplan, marketing and communications manager for Memorial Blood Centers. "Ther...

Several Cloquet organizations and companies will host blood drives in February 2009 for Memorial Blood Centers.

"Giving blood is easy, safe and convenient," said Laura Kaplan, marketing and communications manager for Memorial Blood Centers. "There will be many opportunities right in Cloquet for residents and employees to roll up their sleeves and give a pint of blood."

The February 2009 blood drives in Cloquet include:

  • Feb. 6 at Members Cooperative Credit Union, 101 14th St., Cloquet, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Cheryl Nelson at 218-879-3304 to schedule an appointment.
  • Feb. 9 at Curves, 1111 Cloquet Avenue, Cloquet, from 2:30-6 p.m. Call Janice Laurie at 218-879-2423 to schedule an appointment.
  • Feb. 19 at USG Interiors, 35 Arch St., Cloquet, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Nicole Lewis at 218-878-4013 to schedule an appointment.

The blood donation process takes approximately 45 minutes. To give blood, 16-year-old donors must weigh at least 130 pounds and be at least 5 feet tall (and have written parental consent), while donors 17 and above must be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. While walk-in donors are always welcome, appointments can be made in advance to ensure a particular time slot. To register for the blood drive, go to memorialbloodcenters.org to make an appointment.
Memorial Blood Centers, celebrating its 60th anniversary, is a nationally known, locally operated nonprofit community blood center that supplies lifesaving blood and blood components to area hospitals. Memorial Blood Centers operates 11 donor centers at ten Minnesota locations and one in Superior, Wisconsin and conducts more than 150 blood drives monthly. At least 2,700 units a week must be collected to meet the needs of over 30 hospital partners in the Twin Cities metro area, northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. For more information about Memorial Blood Centers call 888-GIVE BLD or visit www.mbc.org .

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