Blood donations on the go during critical need

By KBJR News 1

August 12, 2014 Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Sometimes saving a life can happen in the most unusual places.

24-year-old Walgreens employee Scott Hensley took time Tuesday to donate blood in his job's parking lot.

He learned in school he was O negative.

"I'll give as much as they can legally take before you know, I have to stop giving it," Hensley said.

Memorial Blood Centers is parking its van at a number of Walgreens throughout the this week.

There's a critical need for blood types like Hensley's.

"It's very important for accidents, Any kind of trauma, O negative is also given to babies in neonatal," said Jean Bennett with Memorial Blood Centers.

Summer can be a challenging time due to vacations and college and high school breaks.

"You never know when your loved one might need that blood," Bennett said.

Hensley's first time giving blood could be enough to help save three lives.

"Somebody that'll I pass on the street will have my blood, someday, that's really cool," said Hensley.

Donating blood takes a total of 45 minutes.

If you register to give blood during the five-day campaign you'll get a free pint of ice cream.

Monday, August 11, 2014 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Cloquet – 215 Doddridge Avenue
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:30pm – 5:30pm
West Duluth – 4501 Grand Avenue
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm
Virginia – 5474 Mountain Iron Drive
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Kenwood – 1609 Kenwood Avenue
Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm
Duluth Plaza – 1131 E. Superior Street
Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:30am – 5:30pm
Grand Rapids – 18 SE 10th Street
Friday, August 15, 2104 9:00am – 12:00pm
Hibbing – 1130 E 37th Street

KBJR 6 & Range 11 and Memorial Blood Centers are also teaming up to host a blood drive at our studios in Canal Park on August 28th between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Register to donate by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD.

Click here for details on who is eligible to donate.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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