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Blood donation opportunities set in area

The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise — and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. There is an emergency need for donors to give now to ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it.

As a thank-you to those who come to donate Aug. 1-15, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to give throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at

The following are upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Heron Lake: 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4, Community Center, 312 10th St.

Marshall: 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5, St. Stephen Lutheran, 1301 SFourth St.

Lake Wilson: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, American Legion, 112 Grove St.

Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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