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Red Cross seeking blood donations

  1. PAUL — An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types — especially type O — to give now and help save lives.

The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in.

Blood drives scheduled for the region include:

July 17: noon to 6 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 401 Seventh Ave. N., Lakefield.

July 18: 1 to 6 p.m., National Guard, 108 Jackson County 51, Jackson; 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center, 510 Fifth St., Westbrook; 2 to 7 p.m., Community Center, 1027 Second Ave., Mountain Lake.

July 19: 8 a.m. to noon, National Guard, 108 Jackson County 51, Jackson.

July 23: 1 to 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 500 N. Kniss Ave., Luverne.

July 24: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., First Reformed Church, 230 W. Maple St., Edgerton.

July 25: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 401 Seventh Ave. S.W., Pipestone.

July 30: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 1027 Second Ave., Mountain Lake; 2 to 7 p.m., American Legion, Round Lake.

July 31: 2 to 7 p.m., American Legion, Main Street, Lismore.

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