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:
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.