The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients.

The critical role of blood donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit


Watonwan County


1/10/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 109 3rd St. SE

St. James

1/17/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 706 Third Ave.

1/18/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 706 Third Ave.


1/21/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Butterfield High School, 440 Hubbard Ave.

Faribault County


1/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shiloh Lutheran Church, 108 E. Jay St.


1/28/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, Highway 22


1/29/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 140 Main St.

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