Blood Donation

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Bring a book.

Stare at your phone.

Invite a friend to distract you.

Nineteen area hospitals and two regional air ambulances are counting on donated blood to respond to emergencies, and the donation process keeps getting easier.

More information about the donation process is available here.  Memorial Blood Centers are on the UMD campus on the first Thursday of every month.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He talks about the value that Anishinaabe culture places on respecting the wholeness of the human body when considering things such as blood donations and transfusions, organ donation, body piercing, vasectomies, tattoos, amputations and surgical alterations.  He also stresses the importance of respecting each other's differences, to not tease or bully those with different identities or lifestyles.