(May 13, 2020 — In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets.
As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. But blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.
As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to give blood or platelets May 15-31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.
How to help
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.
The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts to help ensure a stable blood supply. Learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 15-31:
Blue Earth
Mankato
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
5/19/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
5/26/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., National Guard Training & Community Center, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
5/26/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 105 Hosanna Drive
5/29/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 320 E. Main St.
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Brown
Comfrey
5/18/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 120 Brown St.
New Ulm
5/15/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Civic Center, Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St.
5/29/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 512 First St. S.
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Carver
Chanhassen
5/26/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 290 Lake Drive E.
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Dodge
Kasson
5/28/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Celebration Church, 27401 County Highway 34
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Freeborn
Albert Lea
5/15/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Bridge Mall, 2510 Bridge Ave.
5/20/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 702 Highway 69 S.
5/26/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., National Guard Armory, 410 Prospect Ave.
Emmons
5/19/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Emmons Lutheran Church, 490 Pearl St.
Hollandale
5/27/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hollandale Christian Reform Church, 102 Amsterdam Ave. E.
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Houston
La Crescent
5/21/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., La Crescent Area Events Center, 595 Veterans Parkway
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Le Sueur
Le Sueur
5/18/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center, 621 S. 4th St.
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Mower
Austin
5/20/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Austin Utilities, 1908 14th St. NE
5/27/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1600 W. Oakland Ave.
5/28/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran, 1200 NW 13th Ave.
Brownsdale
5/19/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 411 W. Main St.
Dexter
5/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dexter Fire Department, 107 Main St.
Grand Meadow
5/18/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grand Meadow Lutheran Church, 115 First St. NE
Le Roy
5/20/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 204 W. Main St.
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Nicollet
North Mankato
5/21/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Belgrade Ave United Methodist Church, 325 Sherman St.
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Rice
Faribault
5/29/2020: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 43, 112 5th St. NE
Morristown
5/18/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 402 Division St.
Northfield
5/16/2020: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church Northfield, 803 Winona St.
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Scott
Belle Plaine
5/28/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vet’s Club, 221 N. Meridian St.
Savage
5/30/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., McColl pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave.
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Sibley
Arlington
5/19/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 204 Shamrock Drive
Winthrop
5/18/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tanker Bay Sports Bar, 102 N. Carver St.
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Steele
Owatonna
5/15/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1909 Saint Paul Road
5/27/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Associated Church, Associated Church, 800 Havana Road
5/29/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Owatonna Hospital, 2250 26th St. NW
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Wabasha
Wabasha
5/26/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW, 138 Second St.
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Waseca
Janesville
5/21/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 412 N. Main St.
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Winona
Winona
5/19/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E. Sarnia
5/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E. Sarnia
5/21/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E. Sarnia
5/21/2020: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 W. Broadway St.
5/22/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E. Sarnia
5/26/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.
5/27/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hope Lutheran High School, 328 E. Broadway St.
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.