Blood drives scheduled

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, December 23, 2021

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Two blood drives are scheduled for the first week in January. 

The first will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Albert Lea Armory. 

The second will be from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at Bridge Community Church, at the corner of Bridge Avenue and Hammer Road.

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The blood supply at the American Red Cross is at a 10-year low. Some elective surgeries could be delayed due to the blood shortage. 

People who give blood Jan. 1-31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a Super Bowl LVI getaway in Los Angeles for two, plus a chance to win a home theater package and $500 e-gift card.

To make an appointment, go online to and enter sponsor code.

Freeborn County appointments can also be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in the community. 

Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most people will need blood in their lifetime.