ST. PAUL — As the American Red Cross works around the clock supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, providing food, shelter and comfort, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to ensure patients in the storm’s path and around the country have access to lifesaving blood. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to ensure a sufficient supply for patients. Type O and B blood donors are especially needed.

Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a donation.

The following area blood donation opportunities are available through Sept. 30:

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

Jackson: 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 614 Logan Ave.

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

Mountain Lake: 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Community Center, 1027 Second Ave.

Storden: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27, American Legion, Main Street.

Worthington: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, 1106 Third Ave.