Critical need for blood and platelet donors after the holidays

Published 5:58 am Wednesday, January 8, 2020

ST. PAUL — The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types — especially type O — to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now 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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As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood and platelets Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander – All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses. Additional details are available at

Upcoming blood drives


  • Jan. 14 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 21 – St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1-7 p.m.
  • Jan. 22 – Mower County Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 27 – Holiday Inn, 1-7 p.m.
  • Jan. 28 – Holiday Inn, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 28 – Austin Eagles Aerie, noon to 6 p.m.


  • Jan. 10 – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2-7 p.m.


  • Jan 10 – Hollandale Christian Reform Church, noon to 6 p.m.

Rose Creek

  • Jan. 14 – St. Peters Catholic Church, 1-7 p.m.