(Willmar MN-) The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets 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
Local blood drives today:
11/17/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 107 Western Ave.
11/17/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ridgewater College, 2101 - 15th Ave. NW
11/17/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church Willmar, 302 Olena Ave. SE