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Time to give blood in New Ulm

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think.

According to blood banks, blood levels are at a critical low after the holidays — partly because the flu season is now at full roar. (Donors must show no flu symptoms for at least one week before giving blood).

The Red Cross has only a three-day supply of type O blood.

Many of us are familiar with the work of the America Red Cross, of course. And they, too are always in need of healthy blood donors. Think for a moment about any friends or family who have recently been in need of blood or blood products. Imagine if the supply simply wasn’t there.

If you are healthy and eligible to donate, you can make that difference.

This week the Red Cross is holding a blood drive in New Ulm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Vogel Fieldhouse. Hours are 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, 12-6 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Another drive is being held on Friday at the Martin Luther College Student Center, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Drives will also be held on Jan. 23 at the Comfrey Community Center, from 12 to 6, and at the New Ulm Community Center on Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Again, if you are healthy and meet all the requirements, it’s tough to come up with an excuse to avoid giving blood. You never know who might need you, or when you might need help.

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