According to the Red Cross office in St. Paul, there’s currently such a desperate shortage of blood in Minnesota hospitals and clinics that the Red Cross office in St. Paul put out an alert Jan. 14 asking for blood donors.

As it happened, there was a blood drive going on in Redwood Falls that very day.

The good news is local blood drives are among the highest in terms of donations in the state.

By the time the bloodmobile staff and 90 local volunteers were finished at the Redwood Area Community Center Jan. 15, the Red Cross had collected another 226 units of blood.

That was less than the goal, but still higher than average for a Redwood Falls blood drive.

Results from the Red Cross Bloodmobile visit to the RACC last week:

• Presenting Donors – 209

• No Shows – 44

• Walk-ins – 52

• Deferrals – 19

• Double Red Donors – 40

• Goal – 276 Units

• Total collected – 226 units

Milestones

• First Time Donors – Carson Farmer, Ken Kuehl, Steve Schwantes, Karla Sorenson, Lance Zeug, Joshua Friese, Rachel Friese, Jonathan Steinbach

• One Gallon – Sarah Behrendt, Virginia Landkammer, Charles Schmidt

• Two Gallons – Joyce Johnson, Lauren Krause, Dennis Moore, Gwen Bohlke, Alex Boyle, Mark Josephson

• Three Gallons – Lisa Hansen, Don Irlbeck, Trevor Serbus, James Gudgel

• Four Gallons - Travis Fluck

• Five Gallons – Brian Fluck, Bonni Guetter, Donn Stellmacher, Ross Dolezal

• Six Gallons – Raymond Gewerth, Lorraine Jacoby, Dale Cramer

• Seven Gallons – Kathleen Mellmer, Sandra Schrank, Aaron Deterling

• Nine Gallons – Dwight Hollingsworth, Kathleen LeSage

• 10 Gallons – Charlene Ellig, Betty Stancer, Theresa Wertish, Charlene Ellig, Betty Stancer, Theresa Wertish

• 11 Gallons – Duane Frank

• 12 Gallons – Theresa Zeug

• 14 Gallons – Scott Evink, Charles Ulrich, Laura Johnson

• 15 Gallons – Bruce Tiffany, Dan Tiffany, LaVern Bernardy

• Volunteer Hours – 90

Sponsors of the event included American Family Insurance, Cornerstone Christian Church, Culligan Water, Evangelical Free Church youth group, McDonald’s, Piecemakers Quilt Club, Redwood Lodge, St. John Lutheran Church, State Farm Insurance and Tersteeg’s Holiday Market.