Red Cross seeks local blood donors

Donors of all blood types, particularly type O, are needed to meet demand.

Blood Drive, 1959
FILE PHOTO: An area blood drive in 1959 yielded 99 pints of blood from the Brewster area alone, including 17 pints from residents who had never before made donations.
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WORTHINGTON — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross continues to work to ensure a stable blood supply despite severe winter weather events and seasonal illnesses.

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Donors of all blood types, particularly type O, are needed to meet demand. One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion, yet only 3% of the public gives blood.

In partnership with the National Football League, those who give blood, platelets or plasma through Jan. 31, will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

To book a time to give blood, visit , download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming donation events include:


  • Jan. 19: 1-7 p.m. American Reformed Church, Worthington
  • Jan. 23: noon-6 p.m. Lakes Area Senior Center, Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Jan. 24: 1-6 p.m. Grandview Baptist Church, Estherville, Iowa
  • Jan. 25: 1-6 p.m. Community Center, Milford, Iowa
  • Jan. 26: 1-7 p.m. Christian Reformed Church, Ocheyedan, Iowa
  • Jan. 27: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Spencer Family YMCA, Spencer, Iowa
  • Jan. 30: 12:30-6:30 p.m. First Reformed Church, Edgerton
  • Jan. 31: 12:30-6:30 p.m. St. Leo's Catholic Church, Pipestone
  • Feb. 1: noon-6 p.m. Community Center, Heron Lake
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