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Amid the ongoing challenges of recruiting blood donors during the COVID-19 pandemic, local nonprofit Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. The need for blood is constant, but due to the pandemic, many drives have been canceled or postponed. To replenish supplies for the Northland’s hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks. Appointments can be made online at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

Blood donation is safe and essential, and MBC has a COVID-19 self-screening policy in addition to general eligibility guidelines. In general, you may be eligible to donate if you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older— or 16 with written parental consent (PDF available on MBC.ORG)
  • At least 110 pounds
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3, Amsoil Arena, 305 Harbor Drive.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7, YMCA at Essentia Wellness Center Hermantown, 4289 Ugstad Road, Hermantown.

The Auxiliary for The Benedictine Living Community is looking for volunteers to embroider towels for the Daisy Gift Shop in the Benedictine Health Center. Towels and transfers are provided. Donations of embroidery floss and stitching skills would be much appreciated. For details, call Kathy at 218-724-8343. All profits from shop merchandise go directly back to the Benedictine Living Community residents.

Do you like to read aloud? The Lighthouse Center for Vital Living needs volunteers who will read the newspaper once a month. Reading takes place at the Lighthouse in a recording booth that is COVID-19 safe. To learn more, email Michelle at michjunt@gmail.com.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) holds food events at 12:30 p.m. every Thursday, alternating weeks at their Virginia office, 702 Third Ave. S., and Hibbing office, 2900 E. Beltline. Updates and other locations and times are posted to the AEOA (Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency) Facebook page weekly.

Ayusa is a nonprofit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange for high school students. Families interested in learning more about hosting an exchange student can visit ayusa.org or contact Daniel Miesle, Ayusa Community Representative, at dmiesle@ayusa.org or 218-256–8020.

AEOA's Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers on Tuesdays and every other Friday. Delivery times begin between 9:30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of 1 to 1½ hours. During the pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 to help.

This story was updated at 6:19 p.m. May 7, 2021, to correct the phone number to call for the Auxiliary for The Benedictine Living Community. It was originally posted at 10 a.m. May 5.