BloodCenter of Wisconsin issues urgent call for donations

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A recent shortage in blood donations is causing the BloodCenter of Wisconsin to issue an emergency call for help.

The organization held a blood drive Monday at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

The blood center says the flu season and recent winter weather caused many people to cancel their appointments to donate.

"Over the past week we’ve had less than a one day supply of Type O Negative blood. For nearly a month, all other blood types have been at a less than two day supply," said Nikki Chalsma, Manager of Donor Recruitment. "So to help ensure that we’re able to meet our patient needs, our goal is to have a constant three day supply which right now is at risk."

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is having more blood drives this month in the La Crosse area.

One is Tuesday, March 21st at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two more will be held March 28th and 29th at the Riverside Center Cargill Room from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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