Two local blood drives scheduled, donors ‘urgently needed’

Blood drives have been scheduled in Pequot Lakes July 13 and Crosslake July 14.

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The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage that is negatively affecting blood product availability across the country. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now and help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood products over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond.

On Tuesday, July 13, a blood drive will take place at Pequot Lakes High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another blood drive will occur from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake.

While summer is traditionally a time when blood donations decline, this year is particularly challenging as many Americans receive their vaccinations and resume summer activities after more than a year of limited interactions and travel, leading to lower donor turnout. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday break − patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions.

Donors are needed now to prevent further delays to patient care. Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.


Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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