Blood donation opportunities with American Red Cross

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American Red Cross

American Red Cross

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need and allowing them to create their summer of stories.

Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by Red Cross blood donors:

  • A liver transplant recipient needed 50 units of red blood cells and 50 units of plasma.
  • A mother who had complications during childbirth was given 32 units of red blood cells, 10 units of platelets, 10 units of plasma and 15 units of cryoprecipitate.
  • A trauma patient required 15 units of red blood cells.

Blood donations tend to decline during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation and schools are out of session. However, the need for blood is constant. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, which is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.

Blood donors are encouraged to share their donation story with the Red Cross by visiting redcrossblood.org/summer. The Summer of Stories campaign is helping to raise awareness about the constant need for blood and encourage regular donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Fond du Lac County

June 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fond du Lac High School, 801 Campus Drive in Fond du Lac, Wis.

June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at American Legion, 500 Fond du Lac Ave. in Fond du Lac, Wis.

June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 320 Mount Zion Drive in Ripon, Wis.

Jefferson County

June 19 from 12:30-6 p.m. at Firemen’s Hall, N8345 Park St. in Ixonia, Wis.

June 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 700 W. Milwaukee St. in Jefferson, Wis.

June 28 from 12-6 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 387 S. Monroe in Waterloo, Wis.

Milwaukee County

June 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Blue Mound Road in Milwaukee, Wis.

June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Schlitz Park Office Building, 1555 N. River Center Drive in Milwaukee, Wis.

Ozaukee County

June 20 from 1-6 p.m. at Snap Fitness, 2263 Wisconsin Ave. in Grafton, Wis.

June 25 from 2-7 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Grant St. in Port Washington, Wis.

Racine County

June 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Racine Family YMCA Sealed Air Branch, 8501 Campus Drive in Racine, Wis.

June 26 from 1-6 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Road in Racine, Wis.

Sheboygan County

June 20 from 1-5:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1248 Lincoln Ave. in Sheboygan, Wis.

June 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Ave. in Sheboygan, Wis.

June 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheboygan Police Department, 1315 N. 23rd St. in Sheboygan, Wis.

June 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Ave. in Sheboygan, Wis.

June 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Ave. in Sheboygan, Wis.

Washington County

June 17 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Dave’s Lanes, 218 N. Main St. in Hartford, Wis.

June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CrossWay Church, W156 N10041 Pilgrim Road in Germantown, Wis.

Waukesha County

June 18 from 1-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Waukesha, 2220 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, Wis.

June 20 from 1-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Waukesha, 2220 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, Wis.

June 24 from 1-6 p.m. at Oconomowoc Community Center, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Oconomowoc, Wis.

June 25 from 1-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Waukesha, 2220 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, Wis.

June 27 from 1-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Waukesha, 2220 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, Wis.

June 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Batteries Plus LLC, 925 Walnut Ridge Drive in Hartland, Wis.

June 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2220 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, Wis.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.