CAMP RIPLEY — There's a shortage of blood donations in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy people are encouraged to donate at a blood drive on Thursday at Camp Ripley's Old Armory (Bldg. 15-1) near Little Falls. There's a blood donation center in St. Cloud at 1301 West St. Germain St. as well. "The Red Cross is in extreme need of blood donations and have several procedures to ensure safety and health of volunteers and donors," according to a press release from the Minnesota National Guard Monday.The blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Ripley on Thursday. There are still donation spots available.State health officials are urging people to donate blood and confirm that it's safe for healthy people to do so. Donors can make appointments with the Red Cross Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.