Red Cross

(Cold Spring MN-) Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,600 platelet donations for patients who rely on blood to survive. Shortfalls in donations can cause delays in essential medical care for patients like 12-year-old Dagan Hawkins. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November, Dagan has required platelet and blood transfusions during his cancer treatments. “There was a time when they needed to have blood products delivered from another hospital because they were unavailable there,” said Dustin Hawkins, Dagan’s father.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using 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.

Area blood drives Wednesday:

Eden Valley

1/29/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Eden Valley High School, 298 Brooks St.

Cold Spring

1/29/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rocori High School, Student Council, Fifth Ave. N.