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Summer Increases Blood Donation Demand

Summer is here, along with warmer weather and more fun activities that you can fit into three short months. But during the summer, the American Red Cross sees a significant drop in blood donations.

According to Sue Thesenga, external communications manager for the American Red Cross, “During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.” 100,000 donations less in the summer. That is a huge seasonal decline.  Donations of all blood types are needed to make sure there is enough supply for those that need it.

Donating doesn’t take very long, can make a huge impact for the recipient and there are a lot of opportunities right in our area. In addition to stopping into one of the upcoming blood drives listed below, you can get the Red Cross Blood Donor app, go online to, or call (800) RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment or learn more.

Albert Lea
6/29/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., North Bridge Mall, 2510 Bridge Ave.
7/7/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System, 404 Fountain St

6/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Edwards Catholic Church, 2000 Oakland Ave. W.
7/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System, 1000 First Drive NW
7/6/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion Post 91, 809 12th St. SW

Cannon Falls
6/28/2017: 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cannon Falls Government Center, 918 River Road

6/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Faribault Evangelical Free Church, 1039 St. Paul Ave.
6/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hy-Vee, 1920 NW Grant St

7/3/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.
7/5/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hilltop United Methodist Church, 108 S. Manitou Drive
7/7/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 320 E. Main St.

6/29/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tri-City United High School, 700 4th St. NW

New Ulm
6/29/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 S. Broadway

6/28/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway
7/3/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Culver’s, 960 Highway 3 S.
7/7/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Culver’s, 960 Highway 3 S.

6/28/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lowe’s, 1280 21st Ave. N.
6/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Gopher Sport, 2525 Lemond St. SW
7/3/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Famous Dave’s, 4355 W. Frontage Road
7/5/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Family Video, 205 N. Oak Ave.
7/7/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hy-Vee, 1620 S. Cedar

Red Wing
6/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Red Wing Chevrolet, 2500 W. Highway 61
6/30/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., New River Assembly of God, 240 Spates Ave.

St. Clair
6/26/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Front St.

6/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christian Assembly Church, 900 14th Ave. SE

7/3/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Zumbrota Public Library, 100 W. Ave.

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