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Minnesota Vikings Team With Memorial Blood Centers Again for Annual Blood Drive
Date:12/10/2009

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Minnesota's independent community blood center, Memorial Blood Centers, will host their 6th annual blood drive event with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, December 15. The blood drive, taking place at the St. Paul Donor Center (I-94 and Hwy. 280), will feature Linebacker Chad Greenway along with other players and cheerleaders scheduled to arrive around 2 PM. All presenting donors will be eligible to enter a drawing for Vikings jerseys along with autographed Vikings memorabilia.

"We have a wonderful partnership with the Vikings and look forward to this event every year. The event is a great way for us to thank our donors and to spread the word to the community on the importance of donating blood," said Rachel Lindquist, Marketing Specialist at Memorial Blood Centers. "In the past this event has been held at the Mall of America or in conjunction with one of our corporate sponsors. This year we are excited for the opportunity to have the Vikings join us at our donor center in St. Paul. This is a public event so all Vikings fans -- especially those who wish to donate blood -- are welcome!"

Presenting donors will also be eligible to win airfare-only and 7-day all-inclusive vacation packages to Mexico through Memorial Blood Centers' Reward Yourself giveaway. Details will be available at the event.

The precious gift of blood can only be provided by volunteers like you, there is no substitute. To donate blood during the Vikings event, please call 888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) or go online to www.MBC.org to make an appointment.

Fast Facts about Giving a Gift to Your Community:

Every two seconds, someone needs blood -- from heart transplant recipients and cancer patients to accident victims in crises. Memorial Blood Centers faces a demand of over 2,700 units a week to meet the need
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