The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season.

 

The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Required medical treatments and emergencies don’t pause for the holidays or a widespread coronavirus outbreak.

 

Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the 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.

 

In thanks for making time to donate around Thanksgiving, those who come to give blood Nov. 25-28 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last

 

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. 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.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30:

 

Blue Earth

 

Mankato

11/16/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church Mankato, 222 Pfau St.

11/23/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

11/27/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1123 Marsh St.

 

Mapleton

11/19/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 102 Central Ave. N.

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Brown

 

New Ulm

11/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 S. Broadway

 

Sleepy Eye

11/17/2020: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sleepy Eye High School, 400 4th Ave. SW

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Carver

 

Chaska

11/18/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Two Twelve Medical Center, 111 Hundertmark Road

 

Hamburg

11/23/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran School, 18175 County Road 50

 

Waconia

11/17/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Academy Travel, 235 Highway 5 W.

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Faribault

 

Blue Earth

11/18/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 E. 7th St.

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Fillmore

 

Chatfield

11/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 124 Winona E. St.

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Freeborn

 

Albert Lea

11/20/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 702 Highway 69 S.

11/25/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Bridge Mall, 2510 Bridge Ave.

 

Geneva

11/30/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Geneva Community Center, 314 1st Ave SE

 

Hollandale

11/16/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hollandale Christian Reform Church, 102 Amsterdam Ave. E.

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Goodhue

 

Kenyon

11/30/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Michaels Catholic Church, 108 Bullis St.

 

Red Wing

11/23/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA, 434 Main St.

 

Welch

11/24/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vasa Lutheran Church, 15235 Norelius Road

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Le Sueur

 

Le Sueur

11/27/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Le Sueur Community Center, 821 E. Ferry St.

 

LeCenter

11/16/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Le Center, 97 S. Park Ave.

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Martin

 

Granada

11/17/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Granada Huntley East Chain School, 300 Reynolds

 

Truman

11/23/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 313 N. 1st Ave. W.

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Mower

 

Austin

11/23/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Austin Eagles Lookout Arie 703, 107 11st NE

 

Grand Meadow

11/19/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Emergency Service Building, 210 2nd St. SE

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Nicollet

 

Lafayette

11/23/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Church of St. Gregory the Great, 440 6th St.

 

North Mankato

11/24/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., South Central College, 1920 Lee Blvd.

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Rice

 

Faribault

11/23/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fourth Avenue United Methodist, 219 4th Ave. NW

11/30/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of St. Patrick Shieldsville, 7525 Dodd Road

 

Lonsdale

11/25/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Lonsdale, 115 Second Ave. NW

 

Northfield

11/24/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Resource Bank, 1605 Heritage Drive

11/27/2020: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., VFW Post 4393, 516 Division St. S.

11/28/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church Northfield, 803 Winona St.

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Scott

 

Belle Plaine

11/21/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Belle Plaine Fire Department, 700 Main St. E.

 

New Prague

11/18/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., New Prague Fire Department, 505 5th Ave. NW

 

Savage

11/20/2020: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., McColl pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave.

 

Shakopee

11/19/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St.

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Sibley

 

Arlington

11/30/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 204 Shamrock Drive

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Steele

 

Blooming Prairie

11/30/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Blooming Prairie Serviceman’s Club, Blooming Prairie High School

 

Medford

11/27/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Medford Outlet Center, 6750 W. Frontage Road

 

Owatonna

11/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Associated Church, 800 Havana Road

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Wabasha

 

Lake City

11/25/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Mary’s of the Lake, 419 W. Lyon Ave.

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Waseca

 

Janesville

11/19/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 412 N. Main St.

 

Waseca

11/30/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Waseca, 700 S. State St.

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Watonwan

 

Saint James

11/26/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., National Guard Armory, 521 Armstrong Blvd. N.

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Winona

 

Saint Charles

11/18/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Charles Fire & Ambulance, 613 Church Ave.

11/19/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Charles Fire & Ambulance, 613 Church Ave.

 

Winona

11/16/2020: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Winona FAMILY ‘Y’, 207 Winona St.

11/27/2020: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion Post #9 Winona, 302 E. Sarnia

 

About blood donation

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.