Hopkins High School will host a Memorial Blood Center blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the high school gym from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The blood drive is one of three blood donation events that will take place this school year. This year’s theme for the drives is “Influence for Good.”
“Influence for Good means that every individual has to be a leader and use their influence to help others,” said Jennifer Kish, Hopkins High School nurse.
In addition to saving lives, donations will help send students to college. Memorial Blood Center is providing scholarships to college-bound Hopkins High School students who volunteer during the blood drive. For every unit of blood donated at the drive, students earn money.
Memorial Blood Center is the primary blood supplier to more than 30 area hospitals throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, which require nearly 2,000 units of blood every week to meet the demand.
“Without support from volunteer blood donors, the life-saving gift would not be available. Just one donation can save up to three lives,” Kish said.
Schedule an appointment for the blood drive at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter the sponsor code 1505 into the TOP field. Click on the HHS Blood Drive info, pick a time to donate and then you will need to register yourself if you are a new donor or sign in if you are a returning donor with Memorial Blood Center.
Walk-in visits will also be welcomed. If a staff member comes to the blood drive to donate without an appointment, they will be shuttled to the front of the line. The blood donation process usually takes about 45 minutes. For more information, contact Kish at Jennifer.Kish@hopkinsschools.org or 952-988-4494.