An urgent plea for help has been issued in the Southeast Minnesota area due to a shortage of A+ blood.

Donation centers are open now at 2 locations in RochesterMinnesota and a mobile blood drive will be open to help with the urgent and immediate need for A+ blood.

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Roll Up Your Sleeves!  There's an Urgent Need for Blood Donations in Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center sent out a press release earlier today indicating that life-saving blood products are needed immediately.

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3 Locations in Rochester, Minnesota where you can donate blood

  • #1 - Mayo Clinic, Hilton Building, First Floor, 210 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
    •  The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location on the main floor of the Hilton Building is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with special late-night hours on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • #2 - Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Joseph Building, Main Floor, Room M-86, 1216 Second St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902
    • The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's location at Joseph M-86 is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.How to make an appointment to donate blood in Rochester, Minnesota
  • #3 (ONLY on Tuesday, January 18th) - Mobile Blood Drive at Merchants Bank, 3586 55th Street NW.

Same-day appointments are available!  Just call (507) 284-4475 to see about openings or at a time that works best for you.

Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program at their website here.

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Who really benefits from the blood that I give?

There are so many patients that are receiving care in Rochester for so many different reasons.  Your blood could be reaching kids that are fighting cancer or even a celebrity that is getting care in our town.  The land of Mayo Clinic sees many celebrities that are kept top secret but if you scroll a little bit, you'll see a few that have been patients at Mayo Clinic.

12 Celebrities Who Have Been Patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

When you are one of the best hospitals in the world, you are going to attract some celebrities. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has seen quite a few throughout its history.