The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program is facing an extreme shortage of O+ and O- blood and is asking for the public's help with donations.
The need comes from a larger national blood shortage that's led outside sources to cancel fulfilling orders to the clinic, said Kimberly Schmidt, the Mayo Clinic blood donor marketing and recruitment coordinator.
"I don’t think we’ve ever seen it be greater than it is now with everything that’s going on in the world," Schmidt said.
Both scheduled and walk-in appointments are available. To schedule an appointment, call 507-284-4475.
"What if it is our mother or father or child that needs it and it's not available. That’s just terrible to me," Schmidt said. "We’re just asking people to set aside a small amount of time to help people."
How to donate
Where: First floor of the Hilton Building
When: 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open until 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month.
Where: Main floor, room M-86 of the Saint Marys Campus-Joseph Building.
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.