There are several blood drives taking place around the local area this week as the American Red Cross helps residents “Give The Gift Of Life.” Only about 3% of the population donates blood, but someone needs blood in the US every 2 seconds. One donation can save the lives of multiple people. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the First Presbyterian Church in St. James from 1 to 7 today (MON) and 8 to Noon on Tuesday. Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson has a blood drive from Noon to 6 on Tuesday as well, and Sleepy Eye High School hosts the Bloodmobile from 8:30 to 2:30 on Wednesday. On Thursday there are blood drives at the Mankato Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive from 12:30 to 5:30, and at the Brownton Community Center from 2 to 7. For more information on giving blood, check out www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.