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June Blood Drive

Getting involved with your community can be as simple as donating blood! Sign up to give on Friday, June 17, at YWCA St. Paul with the American Red Cross. The clinic is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. inside our Health & Fitness Center’s Selby Studio.

With the need for blood being never-ending, right now the Red Cross is urging more African Americans and people of African descent to donate. That’s because Black blood donors have the unique ability to help patients with sickle cell disease, the most common genetic blood disease in the U.S. African Americans and those of African descent have distinct protein structures on their red blood cells that make their blood donations the most compatible to help patients with sickle cell disease.

Earlier this year YWCA St. Paul hosted a livestream panel discussion featuring a handful of Twin Cities doctors and medical professionals and those impacted by sickle cell disease to help spread awareness about the disease’s trait, and why it’s important more people of African descent donate blood. Check out the panel discussion here.

WHAT: Blood drive with the American Red Cross
WHEN: Friday, June 17, 2022, from 12 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Selby Studio at YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
REGISTER: Click here to sign up to donate.