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American Red Cross Ready for 2013 Minnesota State Fair

Help save lives by donating blood and learning about disaster preparedness.

The American Red Cross is counting on Minnesota State fairgoers to help save lives by donating blood and learning about disaster preparedness. New this year, each day people will have the opportunity to give blood, play “Disaster Draw Down” a Pictionary-like game about emergency readiness, and complete a survey about their own disaster preparedness.

The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood, especially type O negative, A negative and B negative. To help boost inventory before, during and after the Labor Day weekend, a blood drive will be held every day of the fair. To show our thanks, all presenting blood donors will receive a Red Cross hand sanitizer and as part of the Summer of Stories campaign, blood donors between Aug. 26 and Sept.9, 2013, will have a chance to win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.

At the Red Cross booth, inside the Health Fair 11 building: fairgoers can participate in Disaster Draw Down, a fun, interactive and educational game where fairgoers draw disaster and preparedness related items for the audience to guess. Also, fairgoers can complete a survey about their own disaster preparedness to help the Red Cross build a more resilient community. Game and survey participants will receive a Red Cross Preparedness Kit-ten refrigerator magnet and detailed preparedness tips.

And, in keeping with Red Cross tradition at the fair, the Red Cross will continue to provide free blood pressure screenings. (We suggest getting a screening before eating cheese curds!)

WHAT: Donate blood

WHEN: Aug. 22 to Sept. 3; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day

WHERE: Outside of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building, west of the Space Needle (new location).

HOW: Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. Walk-ins are welcome.

But wait! There’s more!

WHAT: Disaster Draw Down, blood pressure screenings and disaster preparedness survey

WHEN: Aug. 22 to Sept. 3; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

WHERE: Health Fair 11 building on Dan Patch and Cooper Streets

One Day Special Event Participation:

August 23 Governor’s Fire Prevention Day: American Red Cross Safety Mobile representatives, including B. Safe Bear, will provide childhood fire safety and awareness information on this one day event that brings fire safety to more than 100,000 people every day.

August 27 Military Appreciation Day: American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces representatives will participate in a multi-agency and military unit event showing support for the armed forces and sharing information about Red Cross services for military members and their families.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @RedCross, @RedCrossBloodNC & @RedCrossNorthMN.