Area blood drives scheduled as shortages persist

Blood drives are scheduled this week in Emily and Nisswa, next week in Pequot Lakes

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The need for blood remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types - especially type O - are urged to make an appointment to give now.

The following area blood drives are scheduled:

  • Emily City Hall: noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.
  • Nisswa American Legion: 2-7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 30.
  • Pequot Lakes American Legion: noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood supply this month, all who donate through July 31 will receive a $10 gift card via email and automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year. More information and details are available at
In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine received is important in determining donation eligibility.

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