SEVERE BLOOD SHORTAGE CONTINUES TO GET WORSE

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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LOCAL PLACES TO DONATE BLOOD

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  redcrossblood.org.

GIVE BLOOD AND GET A $5 AMAZON GIFT CARD

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 redcrossblood.org 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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Do you remember the top album from the year you graduated high school? Stacker analyzed Billboard data to determine just that, looking at the best-selling album from every year going all the way back to 1956. Sales data is included only from 1992 onward when Nielsen's SoundScan began gathering computerized figures.

Going in chronological order from 1956 to 2020, we present the best-selling album from the year you graduated high school.

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Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

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