As we enter the holiday season, the American Red Cross continues to endure a blood shortage. Natural tragedies this fall caused many blood drives to be cancelled and then couple in the fact that blood is needed for those caught up in the tragedies such as the fires and storms. My wife experienced the need for blood this week when she fell and broke her hip. One never knows.

Those who donate blood now through December 19 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card. Upcoming blood drives include:

In Faribault

Thursday, December 13 at the Eagles from 8:30-1:30PM

Thursday, December 13 at 1st United Bank from 9-3PM

Friday, December 14 at the Faribault Fire Department from 9-3PM

Sunday, December 16 at the Elks Lodge from 11-4PM

Blood drives in Owatonna include:

Friday, December 14 at the United Methodist Church from 1-7PM

Monday, December 17 at the National Guard Armory from 12-6PM