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Blood drives planned in area

Events organized in Jackson, Okabena and Slayton.

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MINNEAPOLIS — As the holidays approach and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns about a potential spike in flu cases this year, it’s important that those who are eligible, healthy and feeling well make an appointment to donate blood or platelets. The American Red Cross continues to address an ongoing emergency blood shortage.

There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free. Donors are urged to schedule an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

To encourage donations, all who come to donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card by email, thanks to Amazon.

Blood donation opportunities are:

Nov. 18: 1 to 6 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 614 Logan Ave., Jackson.

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Nov. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 614 Logan Ave., Jackson.

Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Legion, 116 S. Minnesota Ave., Okabena.

Nov. 30: 3 to 7 p.m., Lake Sarah Baptist Church, 1613 191st St., Slayton.

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