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Red Cross Blood Shortage




The Red Cross is urging Minnesotans to donate blood to offset a nationwide shortage. 


The organization says blood donations are at a 20-year low and that their inventory of available blood has reached critically low levels and they have started limiting the distribution of Type O blood due to the shortage.


  • In Goodhue County, upcoming opportunities to give blood include:

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  • Red Wing – today, from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Friday, January 19th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church.

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  • There will be blood drives in Welch, January Thursday, January 18th from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Vasa Lutheran Center and Friday, January 19th from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. also at Vasa Lutheran Center.


In Cannon Falls, there will be a blood drive on Monday, January 22nd from 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church and January 26th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Health System.


  • Wabasha County has several upcoming blood drives this month…

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  • Tuesday January 23rd from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Plainview Elgin Millville High School.


  • Wabasha – Wednesday, January 24th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Clinics and on Monday, January 29th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Wabasha County Criminal Justice Center.

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  • Lake City – Thursday, January 25th from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Redeeming Grace Community Church and Friday the 26th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Redeeming Grace Community Church.

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  • There is a blood drive in Elgin on Tuesday, January 30th from noon - 6 p.m. at Peace United Methodist Church.


 A list of upcoming blood drives in Minnesota can be found on the Red Cross website, https://www.redcross.org/ just type in your zip code for the closest location.

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