Memorial Blood Centers offers chance to win Twins tickets by donating blood

Amid the ongoing challenges of recruiting blood donors during the COVID-19 pandemic, local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations.

Due to the pandemic, many drives have been canceled or postponed. To replenish supplies for Twin Cities hospitals, trauma centers and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks.

With that being said, starting June 1, MBC will enter those who donate blood into a contest for a chance to win weekly drawings for Minnesota Twins tickets.

MBC says more than 50% of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were canceled due to COVID-19 this year, and the supply remains low (less than a three-day supply for all blood types). Blood drives have resumed with additional precautions at all donation sites.

Appointments are preferred to help maintain social distancing and donors are required to wear a face mask or face covering. Appointments can be made online or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

Other requirements needed to donate blood include the following, in addition to a successful COVID-19 screening:

  • Good health
  • 17 years or older — or 16 with written parental consent
  • At least 110 pounds
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu