1/10 Blood Shortage Blamed on Recent Cold Weather

Blood centers across South Eastern Wisconsin are calling on everyone who can to take the time to donate blood.  A shortage has developed due to the cancellation of countless blood drives in Milwaukee and statewide this week from the bitter cold weather. In West Bend two drives have been scheduled to answer the blood shortage call. The Kettle Moraine Ice Center will host a blood drive for the Blood Center of Wisconsin on Monday, January 13 from three until seven PM on the facility’s upper level. As a thank you, all attempting donors will receive a free pass for ice skating. The Kettle Moraine Ice Center is located at 2330 S. Main Street in West Bend just behind our WBKV studios.  The second area blood drive to also benefit the Blood Center of Wisconsin will be sponsored by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin‘s St. Joseph’s Hospital. Their community blood drive will be Wednesday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone at least 17 years old, weighing at least 110 pounds and generally in good health can donate. The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed. Donors should bring a photo ID.  The Blood Center of Wisconsin is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to 55 hospitals in 28 Wisconsin counties, including St. Joseph’s Hospital. Appointments for either blood drive are encouraged by calling 877-BE-A-HERO (232-4376). Walk-ins will be welcome.
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