The American Red Cross is again holding blood drives around the area this week, with a total of 6 such events taking place. The need for blood is constant, with a patient somewhere in the US needing blood approximately every 2 seconds. Local blood drives this week include from 1 to 7pm today (MON) at the Mountain Lake Community Center and from 1:30 to 6:30 at the Windom Community Center. On Tuesday eligible donors can Give The Gift Of Life at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake from Noon to 6 and at the Eagles Orchid Inn of Sleepy Eye from 1 to 7. On Wednesday there’s a blood drive at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on North 2nd Street in Mankato from Noon to 5, and on Thursday at Rasmussen College in Mankato from 9am to 2pm. For more information on giving blood call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or log on to www.redcrossblood.org.