Local blood bank Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood this spring. Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims and premature babies. The need for blood is constant, but the supply is not. Only volunteer blood donors can make a life-saving difference to someone in need. And, nearly 100 percent of the blood used by patients in Northland hospitals is donated by Northland blood donors with Memorial Blood Centers.

You may be eligible to donate blood if you are:

• In good health

• 17 years or older — 16 with written Parental Consent

• Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons

• Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

At Memorial Blood Centers, we recommend donating once a season (four times per year). May is a great time to make your spring donation, at one of the following public blood drives. While walk-in donors are always welcome, we encourage appointments to be made in advance. Visit MBC.ORG to find your nearest community blood drive or donor center.

Here are the following dates and locations to donate blood in your area:

Monday, May 6, Cherry School Student Council, 3943 Tamminen Rd., Iron, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, Mountain Iron-Buhl High School, 5529 Emerald Ave., Mountain Iron, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, May 10, Lowe’s, 12025 Hwy. 169 W., Hibbing, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, May 13, Chisholm High School, 301 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, May 13, Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, 400 Second St., Nashwauk, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, Hibbing High School, 800 E. 21st St., Hibbing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, May 17, Mesabi East High School, 601 N. First St. W., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21, Bigfork Valley Hospital, 258 Pine Tree Dr., Bigfork, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, Grand Itasca Volunteer Services, 1601 Golf Course Rd., Grand Rapids, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, Greenway High School, 308 Roosevelt St., Coleraine, 8 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, May 22, Floodwood High School, 115 W. Fourth Ave., Floodwood, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 23, Grand Rapids Arrowhead Promotion, 1105 S.E. Eighth St., Grand Rapids, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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