The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets.

As COVID-19 continues, blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.

All who come to give blood or platelets before May 31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt by mail while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts to help ensure a stable blood supply. Learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

  • Crosslake Community School Wednesday, May 27, from noon to 6 p.m.

  • Jenkins VFW Wednesday, May 27, from noon to 6 p.m.

  • Timberwood Church in Nisswa Thursday, May 28, from noon to 6 p.m.

  • Clow Stamping in Merrifield Friday, May 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit @RedCross on Twitter.