Blood Donor Program

This group is for people interested in blood donation. Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic needs a transfusion of blood or blood products. A simple blood donation can save the life of a child with leukemia, restore the strength of a cancer patient, or provide a critical transfusion to an accident victim. There is no substitute for this lifesaving gift, so patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. Join the discussion and learn more about blood donation!

Aug 13, 2019

A Local Business Successfully Drives Up Blood Donations to Meet Patient Needs

By Kimberly Schmidt, @kimberlyd

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With all of the summer construction and remodeling going on in downtown Rochester, parking is becoming more challenging. In order to meet the patient blood inventory demands, the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program brings staff, equipment, gifts, cookies, and smiles directly to the donors. By working with local businesses to organize blood drives, the Blood Donor Program is able to provide more locations to donate blood and build community relationships.

One local business is leading the way as a successful blood drive host— that business is Rochester Motor Cars. Their staff work diligently to encourage employees, clients, and community members to support Mayo Clinic patients by donating at their facility. Rochester Motor Car employees share why they are motivated to donate blood.

James Albien shares, “The reason I donate is very simple. I enjoy knowing that by donating, I can and will impact someone’s life and potentially be part of saving their life. The number one resource that we have in this world is each other. We are reliant every day on others, and without the efforts of everyone around us, our world would not be what it is today. By taking the time out of your day to donate blood, you will have assisted someone in a life-altering way.”

When asked why he donates, Zach Winter tells us, “I donate to help other people in need. Rochester Motor Cars makes it easy and convenient to donate.”

Jen Murillo explains, “Donating blood is such a lifesaving gift. When we do the blood drives at the stores, it makes it so easy—and it is humbling and inspiring to watch coworkers give to save others. It is such a selfless thing. Don’t get me wrong, I hate needles, but the Mayo staff is amazing at putting you at ease and making the process painless.”

“When my mom was ill, she needed transfusions and benefited from people who donated blood and plasma selflessly. This is my way of ‘paying it forward’ by doing the same for others,” Kha Holstein.

How to Donate
For more information about donating blood or how to set up a blood drive in Olmsted County, call (507) 284-4475 or email Or visit our web page

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