Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Blood Center of Wisconsin Needs You!

From my inbox:
The snowstorm that hit much of Wisconsin today is having an impact on blood donations. We anticipate a shortage of more than 1,000 units of blood over the next two days.

The safety of donors is our first priority. We ask those who are able to safely keep their scheduled appointments to please do so. If you are unable to keep your appointment because of the weather, we ask that you call to reschedule for Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit .
  • All blood types are needed, but there is a particular need for O Negative blood and platelets. In order to ensure we can meet the needs of patients, BloodCenter has extended its donor center hours at several locations this Saturday, Dec. 22 for whole blood appointments. BloodCenter staff will be on hand until 3:00 p.m. at the Brown Deer, Greenfield, Racine, Waukesha, Wauwatosa and West Bend locations.
  • Because platelets are critically important, 4 of our locations will be open BY APPOINTMENT this Sunday for platelet donors, including Greenfield, Waukesha, Wauwatosa and West Bend from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The end of the year is already a challenging time for blood collection when people are busier than usual with holiday activities and travel. Combining that with the current weather situation, the need for blood products is real, and we are asking you to seriously consider making a donation as soon as possible.
On behalf of patients and their loved ones, thank you very much.
My appointment to donate platelets is Friday afternoon, now go make your appointment now.

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