Due to a critical shortage, The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is issuing an EMERGENCY APPEAL for blood donations. All blood types are needed to replenish low supplies. Over the Labor Day weekend and the subsequent weeks, BloodCenter has seen significantly fewer donors per day than needed. As a result of this decline, an additional 1,000 donors are needed from the communities on which the BloodCenter relies. According to a source with the Blood Center, while our hospitals have an adequate supply at this time, The BloodCenter has less than a one-day supply of some critical blood types, such as O negative. People with O-negative blood are especially encouraged to donate. They are universal donors, meaning their red blood cells can be transfused to patients of any blood type. There is also a critical need for platelets. They are important to restore needed blood cells in cancer patients, and are also used to help trauma patients recover from life-threatening injuries. We must ensure an adequate supply of all blood types moving forward. They are encouraging community members to schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), or visiting their web site. Because of this critical need, the BloodCenter is extending the hours at several donor center locations including the one in West Bend at 130 Valley Avenue. Extended hours will be staying open until 8 p.m. today through Wednesday, September 18.