SMSC to Host December Blood Drive in Prior Lake

November 20th, 2015

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is hosting a blood drive, open to the public on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, located at 2100 Trail of Dreams in Prior Lake.

According to Memorial Blood Centers, the SMSC's blood drive partner, someone in the local community needs blood every two seconds.

To donate blood, a donor must be healthy, at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with written parental consent), and not have made whole blood donations in the last 56 days. For those 19 years and older, a donor must also weigh at least 110 pounds. All blood types are needed.

Donors will participate in a brief screening process as part of the approval, including a mini physical and a health history questionnaire. The questionnaire can be answered ahead of time on the date of the donation at The entire process takes 45 minutes.

Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted. To schedule an appointment, call the SMSC Wellness Program at 952-233-2965.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Together the SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated more than $325 million to organizations and causes and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

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