The month of December is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, thanks to seasonal illnesses and the hectic holiday schedules that many of us keep. Unfortunately, our patients’ need for blood typically increases this time of year. Given this situation, Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center staff invite you to consider making blood donation part of your holiday traditions. During this gift-giving season, please remember that donating blood is a gift that saves lives and requires no shopping, wrapping paper or postage.
“Many people don’t realize that we cannot manufacture a substitute for blood. So our volunteer donors truly provide a life-saving resource for Mayo patients. Please consider rolling up your sleeve and giving the gift of life to someone less fortunate,” says Manish Gandhi, M.D. medical director of Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center.
Please share this idea with friends, co-workers and family members and encourage them to join our donor family. We have 3 permanent locations for your convenience: in the Hilton Building downtown, on the main floor of Saint Marys Hospital, and at IBM (for IBM employees only). Walk-ins are welcome, and we provide free childcare and parking at our Hilton Building donor center. For more information about Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, call 284-4475, or visit our Facebook page or our website at: www.mayoclinic.org/donate-blood-rst.