During November, a time to give thanks and celebrate Veterans Day, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood and honor those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces.
The Red Cross serves more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide, including many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Currently, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
Another way to honor military personnel is by making a contribution to support Service to the Armed Forces, a Red Cross program that offers resources for deployed service members and their families, provides emergency communications, and supports hospital outreach and veterans programs. Learn more at redcross.org.
Here's a full list of blood drive opportunities in Dakota County:
- Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dakota County Government Complex, 1590 Highway 55 in Hastings, Minn.
- Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sassy Sista’s Boutique-Old Chicago in Apple Valley, Minn.
- Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Inver Grove Ford Lincoln, 4725 S. Robert Trail in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
- Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Uponor, 5925 148th St. West in Apple Valley, Minn.
- Nov. 8 from 1-6 p.m. at Hope Church, 7477 145th St. in Apple Valley, Minn.
- Nov. 9 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Easter Lutheran Church by the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road in Eagan, Minn.
- Nov. 9 from 12-6 p.m. at South Suburban Evangelical Free Church, 12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley, Minn.
- Nov. 10 from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42 in Burnsville, Minn.
- Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Culver's, 3445 O’Leary Lane in Eagan, Minn.
- Nov. 12 from 1-6 p.m. at Christian Life Center, Prince of Peace Church in Burnsville, Minn.
- Nov. 12 from 12-6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1930 Diffley Road in Eagan, Minn.
- Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St. in Hastings, Minn.
- Nov. 13 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at School District 191 - Community Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Suite 102, in Burnsville, Minn.
- Nov. 13 from 1-7 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St. in Hastings, Minn.
- Nov. 14 from 2-7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 151 E. County Road 42 in Burnsville, Minn.
- Nov. 15 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7600 Cahill Ave. East in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.