Blood drives are taking place around the area this week. Approximately every 2 seconds in the United States a patient needs a blood transfusion. The Red Cross provides blood to more than 3,000 hospitals across the country. Today (MON) the Bloodmobile will be at the Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont from 11:30 to 4:30 and at the Bethany College Sport and Fitness Center from Noon to 6. On Tuesday blood donors can Give The Gift Of Life at Cross Roads West in Plato from 1 to 7. On Wednesday there’s a blood drive at the Glencoe Silver Lake High School Panther Field House in Glencoe from 1 to 7, on Thursday Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School in Hector hosts a blood drive from 9am to 2pm, and on Friday there’s a blood drive at Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton from 8am to 2pm. For more information on giving blood log on to www.redcrossblood.org.