Every two seconds someone is in need of blood or platelets in the U.S. All blood types are needed.

The Red Cross is encouraging people to donate over the holiday weekend and, while supplies last, will give a limited-edition Red Cross lunch cooler to donate July 1-5.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and, in Minnesota with their parents' permission, at least 16 years old. Remember to bring a donor card, driver's license or two forms of ID.

On Friday, July 1, there will be an American Red Cross blood donation opportunity at Lowe's, 1280 21st Ave. N. in Owatonna from 10AM to 4PM and in Waseca at Christian Assembly Church, 900 14th Ave. S.E., from 8AM to 2PM.

The Red Cross upcoming blood donation opportunities in Owatonna also include:

  • Friday, July 8: Hy-Vee, 1620 S. Cedar, from 11AM to 5PM.
  • Monday, July 11: Ag Power, 3555 18th St. S.W., from 9AM to 3PM.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, July 13-14: St. Joseph's Church, 512 S. Elm Ave., from noon to 6PM.
  • Friday, July 15: St. Joseph's Church from 8AM to 1PM then at the Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 S, Cedar Ave., from 4-9PM.

Call to make an appointment: (800) 733-2767 or register at the website: redcrossblood.org.