Most support groups, clinics and health classes are canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday morning the following drives in the next two weeks were on the Red Cross website.
The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.
Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.
Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:
April 7, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., National Guard Armory
April 8, Hancock: Noon to 6 p.m., the Axis
April 9, Kandiyohi: Noon to 6 p.m., Civic Center
April 13, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church
April 13-14, Redwood Falls: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center
April 14, Maynard: Noon to 6 p.m., Maynard Events Center
April 15, Morris: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hosanna Worship Center
April 16, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Training and Community Center
April 16, Morris: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church
April 17, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA