Donate blood or platelets to the American Red Cross this month and you could win two tickets to next year's Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

The Red Cross is teaming up with the National Football League, urging donors to tackle a national convalescent plasma shortage. They especially encourage those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate.

Those who donate through Wednesday, Jan. 20, will also get a chance to win the Big Game at Home package with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card.

Hospital distributions of convalescent plasma have risen about 250% since October, said Dr. Erin Goodhue, Red Cross medical director of clinical services. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their plasma that could provide a patient’s immune system the boost it needs to beat the virus.

Red Cross blood drives take the following precautions: temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff.

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To donate, make an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming local blood drives:


  • Thursday, Jan. 7: 12-6 p.m., Living Word Lutheran Church, 1722 16th Ave. E.

  • Thursday, Jan. 7: 12-6 p.m., Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1204 N. Nokomis

  • Monday, Jan. 11: 1-6 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, 420 Irving St.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, 420 Irving St.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 202 7th Ave. E.

  • Thursday, Jan. 21: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PraiseLive, 3992 Highway 27


  • Friday, Jan. 8: 12-6 p.m., Village Hall, 115 E. Front St.

Parkers Prairie

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13: 12-6 p.m., Parkers Prairie High School, 411 S. Otter Ave.