Weekly Blood Drive Moves to New Location at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center
For many years, people in Merrill have been supporting the weekly blood drives hosted by the Community Blood Center at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.
Starting Monday, November 19, the weekly community blood drives will move to the Menard Center as part of an effort to provide easier access for donors and those who volunteer and organize this life saving effort.
The Menard Center is on the campus of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, located behind the hospital at 601 S. Center Avenue. Best access is via the entrance from O’Day Street between Ministry Good Samaritan and Bell Tower Residence. Blood drive times remain the same, with donations being collected from 12:00 Noon to 6:30 p.m.
Advance donation appointments are highly recommended, and may be made by calling the Community Blood Center at 800.280.4102 or visiting save3lives.org. Walk-in donors are welcome, but scheduling an appointment keeps the total time required for a donation to less than an hour.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, and bring a photo ID. Donors are encouraged to eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.