As the American Red Cross works supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the organization is urging people outside the affected areas to help by giving blood or platelets.

Hurricane Dorian forced the closure of blood donation centers and the cancellation of blood drives in its path, causing blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. When blood donations are disrupted in a region of the country, the Red Cross can move blood donations where they are needed most.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to ensure a sufficient supply for patients, a news release stated. Type O and B blood donors are especially needed. Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED CROSS or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Financial donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster, the organization stated.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities

  • Emily: Noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Emily City Hall, 39811 Highway 6.

  • Crosslake: Noon- 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Highway 66.

  • Little Falls: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Morrison County Government Center, 213 First Ave. SE; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19, Camp Ripley Armory, 15000 Highway 115.

  • Baxter: Noon-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16; Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 17; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 18; Lakewood Church, 6284 Fairview N. Road.

  • Nisswa: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26, Timberwood Church, 23084 Highway 371.

  • Browerville: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 26, Browerville Elementary School, 620 Park Ave. N.

  • Eagle Bend: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Faith Lutheran Church, 300 Main St. W.

  • Bertha: Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 27, Bertha-Hewitt High School, 310 Central Ave. S.