The American Red Cross is hosting blood drives in the area in the near future.

  • Sept. 27: noon -5 p.m., Bertha-Hewitt High School, 310 Central Ave. S. Bertha.

  • Oct. 7: Noon-6 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 619 Third Ave. SW, Perham.
  • Oct. 8: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 619 Third Ave. SW, Perham.
  • Oct. 9: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Karvonen Funeral Home, 419 Second St. NE, Wadena.

Donors of all blood types, as well as all races and ethnicities, are needed to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population, according to a news release.

Those who donate blood or platelets during October will be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards, according to the release. See rcblood.org/game for details.

To make an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767.