Summer weather and busy schedules might be partly to blame, but the Red Cross reports that there are 61,000 fewer donations than needed currently.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Sue Thesenga, communications manager of the North Central Blood Services Region. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”

To help, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or plan to attend one of the blood drives coming up in our area.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Blue Earth
Mankato

7/7/2017: 12 PM - 5 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 320 E. Main St.

7/13/2017: 12 PM - 5 PM, Snell Motors, 1900 Madison Ave.

7/13/2017: 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM, American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive

7/14/2017: 9 AM - 1 PM, American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive

7/17/2017: 10 AM - 3 PM, National Guard Training & Community Center, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

7/17/2017: 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

7/24/2017: 12 PM - 5 PM, Hosanna Lutheran Church, 105 Hosanna Drive

7/25/2017: 10 AM - 3 PM, Mankato Clinic, 1400 Madison Ave.

Freeborn
Albert Lea

7/7/2017: 9 AM - 3 PM, Mayo Clinic Health System, 404 Fountain St.

7/17/2017: 1 PM - 7 PM, United Methodist Church, 702 Highway 69 S.

Goodhue
Pine Island

7/17/2017: 1 PM - 7 PM, American Legion, 108 First Ave. S.

Red Wing

7/12/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, Mayo Clinic Health System, 701 Hewitt Blvd.

7/13/2017: 1 PM - 7 PM, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 West Ave.

7/20/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, Church of St Joseph, 435 W. Seventh St.

7/21/2017: 8 AM - 2 PM, Elks Lodge #845, 306 W. 4th St.

7/25/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, First Covenant Church, 2302 Twin Bluff Road

Wanamingo

7/19/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, Community Center, 96 Main St.
Le Sueur
Cleveland

7/21/2017: 10 AM - 4 PM, Church of Christ, 900 State Highway 99

Le Sueur

7/17/2017: 1 PM - 7 PM, First Lutheran Church, 116 Inner Drive

Mower
Austin

7/24/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, St. John's Lutheran, 1200 NW 13th Ave.

7/25/2017: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM, St. Edwards Catholic Church, 2000 Oakland Ave. W.

Rice
Faribault

7/10/2017: 1 PM - 7 PM, Church of St. Patrick Shieldsville, 7525 Dodd Road

7/21/2017: 1 PM - 7 PM, Trinity Lutheran Church, 530 NW 4th St.

 

Northfield

7/7/2017: 10 AM - 4 PM, Culver's, 960 Highway 3 S.

7/14/2017: 8 AM - 1 PM, Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave.

7/15/2017: 8 AM - 12 PM, Eagles Club, 304 Water St. S.

Scott
Jordan

7/12/2017: 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM, St. John's Church, 313 E. 2nd St.

Savage

7/17/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave.

 

Shakopee

7/8/2017: 12 PM - 5 PM, Family Video, 1260 4th Ave. E.

7/14/2017: 10 AM - 4 PM, Target, 1685 17th Ave. E.

7/25/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, All Saints Senior Living, 1880 Independence Drive
Steele
Owatonna

7/7/2017: 11 AM - 5 PM, Hy-Vee, 1620 S. Cedar

7/10/2017: 1 PM - 5 PM, Ag Power Enterprises, 3555 18th St. SW

7/12/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, St. Joseph's Church, 512 S. Elm Ave.

7/13/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, St. Joseph's Church, 512 S. Elm Ave.

7/14/2017: 8 AM - 1 PM, St. Joseph's Church, 512 S. Elm Ave.

7/21/2017: 4 PM - 9 PM, Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 S. Cedar Ave.
 
Waseca
Waseca

7/11/2017: 12 PM - 6 PM, Family Video, 1101 2nd St. NE