Today, the American Red Cross launches the Missing Types campaign to raise awareness for lifesaving blood donations and urge the public to make an appointment to give blood this summer.

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the letters representing the main blood groups – are disappearing from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role blood donors play in helping patients. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B, O and AB blood types go missing from hospital shelves, patient care and medical treatments are affected.

Blood transfusion is the fourth most common inpatient hospital procedure in the U.S. Blood can only come from volunteer blood donors, yet only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood. That’s simply not enough to help patients who need transfusions.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 


6/13/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 109 3rd St. SE


6/17/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S. Grant St.


6/24/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 313 N. 1st Ave. W.

Blue Earth

6/24/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hope United Methodist Church, 12080 380th Ave.


6/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 102 Central Ave. N.

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