With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions.
The need for blood for trauma patients, children battling cancer, mothers experiencing childbirth complications, patients with sickle cell disease and others continues. Donated blood has a limited shelf life of 42 days for red cells and just five days for platelets, so the supply must constantly be replenished.
Make an appointment
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15:
Blue Earth
Mankato
5/1/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1103 N. Broad St.
5/8/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 S. Broad St.
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hilltop United Methodist Church, 108 S. Manitou Drive
5/11/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau St.
5/14/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive
5/15/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive
5/15/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 150 Stadium Court
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Brown
New Ulm
5/8/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 N. State St.
5/15/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Ulm Medical Center, 1324 5th North
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Carver
Chanhassen
5/5/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 290 Lake Drive E.
Chaska
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, 1 Oak Ridge Drive
Cologne
5/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 1211 Village Parkway
Mayer
5/6/2020: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Community Center, 413 Bluejay Ave.
Norwood Young America
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Willkommen Pavilion, 21 E. Main St.
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Freeborn
Albert Lea
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bridge Community Church, 2016 Bridge Ave.
5/15/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA, 2021 W. Main St.
Alden
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alden Conger High School, 215 N. Broadway
Geneva
5/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Geneva Community Center, 314 1st Ave. SE
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Goodhue
Cannon Falls
5/1/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System, 32021 County Road 24 Blvd.
5/13/2020: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cannon Falls Government Center, 918 River Road
Goodhue
5/12/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 105 Broadway
Red Wing
5/8/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., City Hall, 315 W. 4th St.
5/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 320 West Ave.
Welch
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 24036 County 7 Blvd.
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Le Sueur
Montgomery
5/12/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post 79, 102 Elm Ave. W.
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Martin
Fairmont
5/4/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 901 S. Prairie Ave
5/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S. Grant St.
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Nicollet
Saint Peter
5/11/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Peter Community Center, 600 S. 5th St.
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Rice
Faribault
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., District One Hospital, 200 State Ave.
5/7/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rice County Sheriff’s Office, 118 3rd St. NW
5/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1207 Prairie Ave. SW
Northfield
5/12/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Resource Bank, 1605 Heritage Drive
5/13/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., City Light Church, 2140 Highway 3 South
5/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W.
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Scott
Jordan
5/7/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Ridges at Sand Creek, 21775 Ridges Drive
New Prague
5/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 28983 181st Ave.
Shakopee
5/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St.
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Steele
Owatonna
5/6/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Owatonna VFW, 135 Oakdale St.
5/7/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Owatonna VFW, 135 Oakdale St.
5/15/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1909 Saint Paul Road
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Wabasha
Plainview
5/13/2020: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Plainview Elgin Millville High School, 500 W. Broadway
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Winona
Goodview
5/15/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Goodview Trinity Lutheran, 820 37th Ave.
Lewiston
5/1/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Johns Church, 160 Williams St.
5/12/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Johns Church, 160 Williams St.
Winona
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E. Sarnia
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Winona Mason Lodge #18, 926 W. 5th
5/6/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Express Suites River Port Inn, 900 Bruski Drive
5/13/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Winona High School, 901 Gilmore
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.