The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise — and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types — especially type O and those giving platelets — are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.

Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Faribault

Friday, June 18 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Minnesota Army National Guard, 3000 W. Airport Drive

Monday, June 28 — 1 to 6 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1360 Albers Path

Monday, June 28 — 1 to 7 p.m., Church of St. Patrick, 7525 Dodd Road

Northfield

Friday, June 18 — 9 a.m. — 4 p.m., All Saints Church, 419 Washington St.

Wednesday, June 30 — 1 to 7 p.m., City Light Church, 2140 Hwy. 3 S.

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