American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don't wear capes or special suits. Their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the "gift of life." Be a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.

"Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to help save a patient's life," said Bev Williams, coordinator of the Mabel Blood Drive. "For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday you have given to their loved one."

The bloodmobile will be in Mabel on Monday, April 1, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Mabel American Legion.

The next day, Tuesday, April 2, the bloodmobile will come to Harmony and set up at the Harmony Community Center from 1 to 7 p.m.

All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember to bring a donor card or driver's license.

Typically, all healthy men and women who are at least 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 16 must have the written permission of a parent or guardian. Parental consent forms will be available on the day of the blood drive.

There is no upper age limit, and the time commitment is minimal.

While walk-ins are more than welcome, donors are highly encouraged to make appointments. To make an appointment at the Mabel blood drive, call Bev Williams at (507) 493-5284 or (507) 450-0992 to make an appointment or for more information. To make an appointment for Harmony's blood drive, call Marilyn Bratager at (507) 937-3406.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.