Four months ago, I rolled up my sleeve and turned my head away as my blood filled up a bag that would go to someone else who needed it to survive in Southeast Minnesota.  Unfortunately, more than just my blood is needed and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota just sent out an urgent message asking for everyone to help.

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There's an Urgent and Immediate Need for O- Blood Donors in Southeast Minnesota

I know giving blood might sound a little bit scary, but honestly, it is one of the easiest things that you will do in a one hour of your day.  In fact, you just lay back, relax, and when your donation is done, you get an amazing snack!  (Yes, there are cookies for you to enjoy...and trust me, they are delicious!).

If you are 16 years old or older, and know that there aren't any restrictions for you to give blood, people in our area could really use your help.  Ok, blood.  People in our area could really use your blood.  O- blood is especially needed but all blood types are welcome!

Why are O blood types so important?
O- is the blood type most often used for transfusions when a patient's blood type is unknown, likely in trauma situations. - Blood Donor Program - Mayo Clinic

Make an Appointment to Donate Blood in Rochester and Help Save 3 Lives!

Why donate blood? That’s easy – it helps save lives. In fact, each blood donation can help save up to 3 lives – a mother, a daughter, a brother, or a friend - and all blood collected at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor center is used locally.

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I'm not just saying to give just to write words.  This blood shortage is a serious issue in our area and throughout our country and lives are depending on this blood.  I even know some of those people and that's why a few months ago, I donated myself.  I'm already on the schedule to donate again too!

2 Locations in Rochester, Minnesota where you can donate blood.

  • #1 - Mayo Clinic, Hilton Building, First Floor, 210 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
    •  The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location on the main floor of the Hilton Building is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with special late-night hours on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • #2 - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Joseph Building, Main Floor, Room M-86, 1216 Second St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
    • The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location at Joseph M-86 is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.How to make an appointment to donate blood in Rochester, Minnesota

Same-day appointments are available!  Just call (507) 284-4475 to see about openings or at a time that works best for you.

Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program at their website here.

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Who really benefits from the blood that I give?

There are so many patients that are receiving care in Rochester for so many different reasons.  Your blood could be reaching kids that are fighting cancer or even a celebrity that is getting care in our town.  The land of Mayo Clinic sees many celebrities that are kept top secret but if you scroll a little bit, you'll see a few that have been patients at Mayo Clinic.

12 Celebrities Who Have Been Patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

When you are one of the best hospitals in the world, you are going to attract some celebrities. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has seen quite a few throughout its history.

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