Created: 08/13/2014 8:59 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is participating in a community blood drive this week.
The event is part of the Memorial Blood Centers’ “Battle of the Badges” and takes place from 1-5 p.m. Thursday. Law enforcement personnel and firefighters from around the Twin Cities metro will be competing to round up the most participants.
According to the American Red Cross, in order to donate blood, you must:
- Be healthy, meaning that you feel well and can perform normal activities. Chronic conditions must be treated and under control.
- Be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Be free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken daily for skin condition
Here is the frequency with which you can donate:
- Blood (whole blood): Every 56 days
- Platelets: Every 7 days, up to 24 times per year
- Plasma: Every 28 days, up to 13 times per year
- Double Red Cells: Every 112 days, up to 3 times per year
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 3820, or call 763-323-5020.