Blood donated through the Red Cross is distributed to about 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country for patients in need, including patients at many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.
Another way to support veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world is by sending a holiday card through the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Between now and early December, the Red Cross will collect the cards and distribute them. Learn more at redcross.org.
Blood transfusions help save lives every day. Appointments to roll up a sleeve and donate can be made today by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Aitkin County Nov. 11 from 12-6 p.m. at Westside Church, 810 Second St. NW in Aitkin, Minn. Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westside Church, 810 Second St. NW in Aitkin, Minn. Nov. 14 from 12-6 p.m. at Community Center, 41442 Highway 65 North in McGregor, Minn.
Douglas County Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Armory, 311 Broadway St. in Alexandria, Minn.
Morrison County Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Francis Center, 116 Eighth Ave. SE in Little Falls, Minn. Nov. 12 from 1-7 p.m. at Swanville High School, Sixth and DeGraffe in Swanville, Minn.
Otter Tail County Nov. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Minnesota State Community & Technical College, 1414 College Way in Fergus Falls, Minn.
How to donate blood Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.