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Blood Drive at Bethel Just in Time: Need is Great in Wake of Storm, Holidays

Cancelations from last week's storm and the interruption of the holidays have the Blood Center of Wisconsin begging for donors; luckily, there's a donation drive planned in Muskego to make it easy.

As lousy winter weather last week Thursday forced many to cancel or rethink their blood donation, the Blood Center of Wisconsin (BCW) is in serious need of donors to make up the loss. However, Muskego residents won't have to travel far to answer the call. 

In a release from BCW, a shortfall of more than 1,000 units between Dec. 20 and 21 was anticipated.  In hopes of making up those numbers, they had extended hours on Saturday, Dec. 22 and even added hours at specific locations on Sunday Dec. 23 for platelet donations.

As the BCW needs to see 800 donors each day in order to meet the needs of the 56 hospitals they serve, and the holidays generally mean people aren't focusing on donation, Muskego's Bethel Lutheran blood drive on Friday, Dec. 28 will hopefully help to fulfill that need.

Call to schedule your appointment between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO. Walk-ins will also be accepted

All blood types are needed, but there is a particular need for type O Negative blood, as well as platelets, according to the BCW.  O negative is the universal blood type that is used in emergency rooms and on Flight for Life.  Platelets are critically important because they help cancer patients or trauma patients recovering from life-threatening injuries.

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