Hey Winhawks, sign up to give blood Friday, Nov. 15

Before cheering on the Winhawks football team at U.S. Bank Stadium, sign up to help save a life closer to home.

Winona Senior High School will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 in the high school concourse. (The time has been shortened to allow staff, students and families to attend the state semifinal football game in Minneapolis). 

The blood drive is being organized by student Marissa Lindaman for her National Honor Society project.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. 

Click here to make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter winonahigh in the upper right hand corner where it says "find a blood drive."

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross. 

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.