Christmas is almost here, and the American Red Cross is asking local residents to give what could likely be their most meaningful gift of all this year – The Gift Of Life. The Red Cross Bloodmobile is making several stops around the area this week to collect part of the 44,000 blood donations that are needed in this country every day to meet the needs of patients. Today (TUE) the Bloodmobile will be at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato from 11am to 3pm, at the Cosmos American Legion from 1 to 7, and at the Carver Village Hall from Noon to 6. On Wednesday eligible donors can give blood at the Springfield Area Community Center from 1 to 7 and Odeon Hall in Belview from 1:30 to 6:30. On Thursday there’s a blood drive at Jackpot Junction in Morton from 2 to 7, and on Friday at the Christian Assembly Church in Waseca from 8am to 1pm. For more information on donating blood, log on to www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.