The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage. A sharp drop in blood donor turnout has contributed to the lowest post-summer blood inventory level in six years, and donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead to help meet the needs of patients this fall.
The following are upcoming blood donation opportunities in the region:
Chandler: 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5,Community Center, 300 Carlton Ave.
Edgerton: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, First Christian Reformed Church, 120 Center St.
Jasper: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 Spicer St.
Lakefield: 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Immanuel Lutheran, 620 Bush St.
Lamberton: Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29, American Legion, 106 1st Ave. W
Marshall: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Southwest Minnesota State University, 1501 State St.; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8, YMCA, 200 South A St.
Slayton: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, The Plaid Moose, 2630 Broadway Ave.
Tracy: 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7, Veterans Memorial Center, 372 Morgan St.
Windom: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive
Worthington: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus - ANNEX, 1450 Collegeway; 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas
Make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).