Make a Difference: Blood drives, food donation and more

Volunteer and donation opportunities.

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Memorial Blood Center blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, call 888-GIVE-BLD. As a thank you, all presenting donors will receive a voucher for $5 dollars off $20 at local area Noodles and Company locations through March 31. Additional Noodles and Company drawings $25 gift cards will occur throughout the month. Go to

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, March 24 at International Falls High School.
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at Solon Springs High School.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 26 at Moose Lake Community Center.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 29 at Cloquet Memorial Hospital.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, ElderCircle in Grand Rapids.
  • 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 31, Blackduck High School.

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 .

Duluth Salvation Army March Foodshare set a goal to collect $9,000 and 8,000 pounds of food. Donations can be made by mail or in person at 215 S. 27th Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55806. Credit card donations can be made by phone at 218-722-7934 or online at . Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) manages donations for the following sites: Quad City Food Shelf (serves Eveleth, Gilbert, Virginia, and Mt. Iron), Chisholm Food Shelf, Aurora Food Shelf, Proctor Food Shelf, Babbitt Food Shelf, Tower Food Shelf and the Cook County Food Shelf. Please write in the memo of your check which food shelf you want to support. Mail them to AEOA, 702 Third Ave. S., Virginia, MN 55792. Call 218-410-0005 or email to with questions.

Take part in or donate to the Polar Plunge in Duluth, Saturday, March 27, Park Point. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. For more information, go to .

Nearly Naked Ruck March, a fundraising event where participants walk up to 10 miles with weight in their packs, is Saturday, March 27, on the Skyline Loop at Enger Tower. Go to to register, volunteer or donate.


Rotary Club of Superior 9th annual “Craft Beer and Wine Event”with a twist!, an online-only auction via Bidding Owl is April 26-May 2. Proceeds from this year’s online auction will mainly go to two local organizations: WITC Dreamkeepers Fund and Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc. Auction Link: .

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 or contact Daniel Miesle, Ayusa Community Representative, at 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 1 ½ hours. During the pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 to help.

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