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Mission to Save Lives

  1. Giving Blood is a Slam Dunk
  2. Grant Helps MBC Match Patients with Blood Needs
  3. Welcoming Burnsville High School
  4. Vikings Blood Drive is a Touchdown Outside New Stadium
  5. Give to the Max Day Keeps Bloodmobiles Going 'Round and 'Round

In the News

  1. Support from the Northland
  2. Donor Who Lost Much Gives Back

Values in Action

  1. Employee Giving Campaign Breaks New Record
  2. Children's Hospitals Show Support with Donated Equipment
  3. Community Support from MBC

In the Spotlight

  1. January is National Blood Donor Month
  2. Ugly Sweaters Abound
  3. Blood Drive Coordinator Spotlight
  4. Social Media Buzz Room

Giving Blood is a Slam Dunk

Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is fortunate to partner with the Minnesota Timberwolves to help maintain a safe and stable blood supply for our community. In the last couple months, we received much support from the team:
  • The week of Thanksgiving, the Timberwolves hosted a blood drive at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.
  • Two lucky donors from the Timberwolves blood drive won a pair of tickets to the Timberwolves game on December 9, and one of the ticket winners had the opportunity to attend a meet and greet with the Timberwolves at a game. Sabrina, right, brought her daughter Kirsten to the game.
Sabrina and her daughter Kirsten
  • On December 6, MBC had the opportunity to provide on-court experiences for children involved with HopeKids Minnesota (pictured, below). HopeKids participants are children with life-threatening medical conditions. Participants had the opportunity to high-five Timberwolves players and stand on the court for the national anthem prior to the game. MBC was recognized before the game by the Timberwolves CEO.
  • During National Blood Donor Month in January, all presenting donors at MBC received a voucher redeemable for a pair of Timberwolves tickets to one of five upcoming games.
We are so thankful to the Minnesota Timberwolves for their commitment to the Twin Cities community, and for partnering with MBC to help us encourage blood donations.
HopeKids participants with Kris Dunn
HopeKids participants pose with Timberwolves player Kris Dunn.

Grant Helps Match Patients with Blood Needs

The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation awarded MBC $57,500 to expand our "Apheresis Angels" registry of specially typed blood donors. Blood from these donors undergoes additional typing to meet the special medical needs of people fighting cancer, and newborns with life-threatening blood disorders.

Previous support from the Foundation enabled MBC’s registry to grow, and we're now on track to specially type nearly 95% of frequent platelet donors. This capability uniquely enables MBC to collaborate with the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and other hospitals to provide the best possible care for critically ill patients in our area. 

Welcoming Burnsville High School

MBC was fortunate to host its first blood drive with Burnsville High School in November—it was one of our biggest blood drives of 2016! With the help of community sponsor Firefly Credit Union, more than 200 individuals presented to donate. MBC is excited for this new partnership, for the many lives that will be saved, and for the future of students who recognize the importance of giving blood.
MBC bloodmobiles in front of the US Bank Stadium

Vikings Blood Drive is a Touchdown Outside New Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings hosted a blood drive outside the new U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3. During their donations, donors visited with Vikings alumni Robert Tate and Mike Morris (pictured below with MBC phlebotomist Jill Quam). Collections staff used their artistic talents to make Vikings-themed arm wraps for the event. The Minnesota Vikings partner with MBC throughout the year to provide opportunities to increase awareness about the need for blood donation.

Give to the Max Day Keeps Bloodmobiles Going 'Round and 'Round

On Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day November 17, MBC joined nonprofits state-wide in asking the community to match generous financial gifts from sponsors. The day of giving set a new record statewide, netting $20.1 million in financial contributions to nonprofits. The spirit of generosity was so strong that day that it crashed the website for a time, but that didn’t stop the giving. MBC was extremely fortunate to collect nearly $10,000 to help keep the wheels on our bloodmobiles going ‘round and ‘round. See our Give to the Max Day video here.

Support from the Northland

MBC received some holiday news coverage by Duluth’s KBJR-6 news station. KBJR hosted a blood drive in November and shared the story of a blood recipient from the Northland. Read about Brynn Ashley and her harrowing story here.

Donor Who Lost Much Gives Back

Peter Izmirian, pictured at right displaying his donor pins, donates platelets at MBC every two weeks like clockwork—many donors, including retirees, enjoy this routine. But Peter’s retirement turned out differently than he expected. After losing his retirement savings to investment fraud, he lives a sparse and humble life, yet continues to donate every two weeks. His story was covered by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Read it here. (Photo by Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune.)

Employee Giving Campaign Breaks New Record

Decorated room at MBC
This year’s MBC Employee Giving Campaign surpassed all previous years of participation by generous employees who raised more than $20,000 for Community Health Charities (CHC). CHC supports the missions of more than 1,600 health charities in the U.S. 
Above: Employees at MBC's St. Paul donor center won this year's decorating contest

Children's Hospitals Show Support with Donated Equipment

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota generously gifted an Optia apheresis machine to MBC this fall. The machine was given to MBC in appreciation of our assistance with and participation in the hospital’s clinical trials. It will be used to collect stem cells for use by the National Marrow Donor Program, and for cancer patients at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
Staff from MBC and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota pose with the new Optia apheresis machine donated by Children’s

Community Support from MBC

Amber-Rose Kordiak and her family are huge advocates of giving blood, and are very appreciative of the support from MBC this holiday season.

Staff at MBC Metro and Northland offices came together and collected $925 in gift cards and presents for the Kordiak family in support of Amber-Rose (pictured, left), who suffered a traumatic farm accident. 
Amber required many units of blood, and is now undergoing several reconstructive surgeries. At the time of the holiday giving efforts, Amber underwent a surgery at the Mayo Clinic which will allow her, among other things, to go swimming again.

January is National Blood Donor Month

One in three people will need blood at some point in their lives, and MBC is ready to help our communities start their new year off on the right foot. For the month of January, all presenting donors are eligible for special basketball promotions, based on their location:
MBC basketball promo
  • Twin Cities Metro Area residents will receive a voucher for a pair of Timberwolves tickets.
  • Northland residents will receive a voucher for a pair of Timberwolves tickets, as well as a chance to win a pair of tickets to a St. Scholastica or University of Minnesota-Duluth basketball game.

Ugly Sweaters Abound

MBC employees (below) dug through their closets and showcased their best (and worst) holiday couture in December.
MBC staff show off their ugly sweaters

Blood Drive Coordinator Spotlight

Misty and Janine, MBC coordinatorsMisty Johnson and Janine Oxley are the blood drive coordinators for Firefly Credit Union, and were chosen for this edition’s MBC Blood Drive Coordinator spotlight.
Q&A with Misty and Janine

Q. How long have you coordinated blood drives with MBC?
A. Firefly has hosted 22 blood drives with MBC over the years and we have another one in January. (Misty has been a coordinator of the drives since 2013 and Janine joined her in 2014.)

Q. Do you know someone who’s received blood?
A. Misty has personally received blood and we both know someone who has been a recipient of a blood donation.

Q. What is your best tip for coordinating a successful blood drive?
A. We have a team of people who are passionate about donating blood. Through the years, we have created an event template that contains every task and its due date. We’ve tailored it based on our experiences and feedback to really make it work for us. It makes the process of hosting a blood drive easy to do!

Q. Do you have any tips for recruiting double reds?
A. Education! Sometimes people just need a better understanding of the process, why it’s needed and examples of the lives they can save with their double red donation. We make sure to ask people if they are willing to donate double reds because, if they feel strongly about donating blood, the chances are pretty good that they would be willing to donate double reds.

Q. How often do you host blood drives?
A. Usually twice per year; in January and in July. This year, in November we also had the opportunity to partner with Burnsville High School to help their DECA students coordinate a successful blood drive!

Q. What’s your favorite part about partnering with MBC?
A. MBC has been so easy to work with over the years. However, a great aspect of working with MBC is that they offer student scholarships through their high school program. It’s great to work with an organization that is in alignment with our mission of education and guiding people forward to lifelong financial well-being.

Q. What is your blood type?
A: Misty is A positive and Janine is O negative.

Social Media Buzz Room

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening on our social media pages. Click on any image to see the live post, and please feel free to share with your social communities!

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