The need for blood donations in our local area is increasing as we head into the summer months, and everyone donating blood this week will be entered into a drawing to win thousand-dollar gift cards. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Arlington Community Center from 1 to 7pm today (TUE). On Wednesday there are blood drives at the Gibbon Community Center from 1:30 to 7:30 and the Belle Plaine Vets Club from 1 to 7. On Thursday you can give blood at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato from Noon to 6, and on Friday at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato from 10:30 to 2:30. For more information on making a donation call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to www.redcrossblood.org.