Summers are typically not the busiest time of year for people to decide that it's time for them to give blood; but because of the unusual circumstances revolving around the pandemic, blood shortages nationwide are at an all time high, and the American Red Cross is hoping that people will step up to the plate and make a donation.

According to the article by WCCO Minneapolis,  the shortage is being caused by a rise in trauma cases, as well as organ transplants, and the many surgeries that had to be put on hold during the pandemic.

The Red cross says they are hoping people will give now, and continue to give all summer long.

If you would like to find out where you can donate in your area, click here, or if you would like to download  the Red Cross Blood Donor App, you can click HERE.

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St. Cloud Blood Donation Center
1301 W. St. Germain St
St Cloud MN 56301

St. Michael's Church
1036 County Road 4
St. Cloud MN 56303

You can also find out more information about donating blood in your area, by calling 1.800.REDCROSS or go to


Right now, you can get a $5 Amazon Gift Card if you sign up to donate blood by June 30th, 2021. You can learn more about it on the site mentioned above.

If you've never donated blood before, or if you feel like you're just to afraid of needles to try, I say; put those fears aside. I've donated blood and had those same fears in the past, and honestly, giving blood doesn't take long, and for most people, it is a pain free process.

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