BloodCenter of Wisconsin says donations are down during the summer

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- BloodCenter of Wisconsin is asking for your help to save lives.

It’s trying to get 300 people to sign up to donate at its blood drives and donor centers by the end of the day on June 11.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is also trying to get an additional 1,500 donors between June 11 and August 31.

It’s partnering with emergency responders to launch a summer blood donation effort called You to the Rescue.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin said it thinks donations go down during the summer, because people are busy, and tend to spend more time outside.

It also thinks donation needs are greater during the summer, because of accidents and more activity.

“It’s important that they have that much needed blood supply, specifically O-, which is considered the universal blood type, and we never know when someone arrives at the hospital, just how much blood someone might need,” said account representative Rich Rice.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive on June 24 and 25 from noon to 6 p.m. and June 26th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

That’s at the La Crosse Center’s South Hall B.

Donors will get an admission button to Riverfest.

Walk-in donors are accepted, but it's preferred to schedule an appointment.

To set on up call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or go online.


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