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Volunteer to donate blood on Monday, Sept. 16


September 9, 2019

St. John’s Catholic Church is hosting a blood drive with Vitalant on Monday, Sept. 16 from 1:45 to 6 p.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall to help ensure a safe blood supply in our community.

The goal is to recruit 40 people to donate blood and collect a total of 30 units. Vitalant encourages anyone feeling healthy to consider donation.

Donors can make a convenient appointment by calling coordinator Sharon Lesmeister at (701) 947-2728, or scheduling online at With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in Vitalant’s Donor Reward program.

With your help, Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

Vitalant relies on 250 people to donate blood each day to ensure the needs of our local hospitals are met. There is no substitute for human blood, so volunteer blood donors are vital to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

About 30 percent of Vitalant’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region, and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that life saving blood from Vitalant. Vitalant strives to keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be ale to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donation from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accident and trauma cases.

Blood donation take about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Health History the day they donate on


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