Minnesota United and Allina Health will host a second blood drive at Allianz Field May 21 and 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
With the success of the first blood drive held in April, MNUFC and Allina Health are working with the American Red Cross to support the continuing urgent need for blood in our communities and will increase the capacity for donors to 117 per day. The blood drive will again be held in the Stadium Club and donors must pre-register online. Please visit redcrossblood.org or the Red Cross Blood Donor App and use the code “MNUFC” to register.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Red Cross has enacted new protocols to keep donors, staff and volunteers safe during the blood drive. Pre-registration will be required and walk-ins will not be allowed. The waiting areas will be staggered to comply with social distancing protocols. American Red Cross staff will manage the flow of entry into the stadium, through check-in and to the donation space. All donation stations will be spaced appropriately and will be sanitized after each use. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the spaces that donors and volunteers will be required to use.
Donors should get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast or lunch and drink extra water. Make sure to wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow. After donating, enjoy a snack, drink plenty of fluids for 24 to 48 hours, avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours and eat a well-balanced meal.
Donors seldom experience discomfort after giving, but for those who feel light-headed, lie down until the feeling goes away. If bleeding occurs after bandage is removed, apply pressure to the site and raise arm until the bleeding stops. If bruising or bleeding appears under the skin, apply a cold pack. And if for any reason, something doesn’t feel right, call the post-donation number at 866.236.3276.
The 2020 MLS season is currently suspended to help ensure the health and safety of our fans, players, coaches and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please follow Minnesota United’s social channels and check our website mnufc.com for regular updates on the club and the season going forward.