Tri-City American Legion Post #513

Blood Donor Club


First, A Message about the Sharing of Life ...

It's hard to visualize that within hours of your blood donation, it is flowing within the veins and heart of another human being -- blood that is desperately needed by someone for continued life.

While we take life for granted, there are people who are waiting for that pint of blood -- or more, in the case of an organ transplant. The blood you give is soon replaced within your own body in a short time, and studies show that a blood donor is healthier in the process.

Someone, somewhere, in the United States needs a blood transplant every 12 seconds, every day, all the time. That is why we keep trying month after month to recruit donors. Others need your blood to stay alive. It's as simple as that.

And, to those who have donated, you can be proud. Because of your efforts, the Tri-City Legion has consistently been one of the top donor posts of all the American Legion Posts within the State of Minnesota. As such, past and present donors deserve a strong pat on the back.

To current participants and new participants alike, if you can please make a trip to the Vet's Hospital Blood Donor Center with us, we, as well of those in need of blood, will greatly appreciate your gift and your time. To help make it an easy, fun and social affair, we also provide rides to the VA from the Tri-City Post on the first Tuesday of each month, with a 5:30 p.m. departure time.

Again, please join us if you can. You'll be glad that you did.



Ron Hansen
Blood Chair
Norb Stachowski
Karen Schwalbe
Auxiliary Chair


Give the Gift of Life ... Give Blood!

St. Paul Pioneer Press Publishes News Story About Tri-City Legion Blood Donor Program

After becoming aware of Tri-City in February through its web site, Cynthia Boyd, Staff Writer with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, contacted Commander Norb Stachowski, asking for more information about Tri-City's community programs. In her discussion with the Commander, Cynthia expressed great interest in Tri-City's blood donor program. She subsequently made arrangements to accompany a group of Tri-City blood donors to the VA Hospital on March 6, 2001, along with a Pioneer Press photographer. The story ran on Thursday, March 8, 2001, and gave praise to Tri-City for its blood donations and its other community programs.


Since its inception in 1986, Tri-City American Legion Post #513 has consistently been one of the top veterans organizations in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin for total blood donations.

Total Pints Donated by Tri-City Members, by Year

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010  
146 197         66 107    

Over the past decade, Tri-City participants have donated about 3,500 units of blood!

How You Can Participate Too -- and Why!

Veterans Affairs Medical Center/American Red Cross Blood Donor Center, Ward 4D
One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
(952) 725-2275
Hours as of Jan, 2001 (call for updates):
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closed on various holidays.

Links of Interest to Blood Donors and Recipients

American Red Cross

Web MD



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