Blood Donations Needed for Holiday Season

Created: 11/14/2013 6:11 AM
By: Jennie Olson

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a statewide campaign to build its blood supply for the holiday season.
The Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization supplies blood and blood products to hospitals throughout the state. Donations typically decline during the busy holiday season. BloodCenter spokeswoman Vicki Bohman says the organization needs 800 donors each day to fill the patient needs of the locations it serves.
Bohman tells the Stevens Point Journal Media the greatest need is for type O-negative, which is a universal blood type and is usually used in emergencies. She says the BloodCenter typically wants to have a three-day supply of the blood type, but currently has just a half-day supply.
The need comes during the time more people are on state roadways for the holidays and for deer hunting.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Photo: MGN Online

Minneapolis/St. Paul

40° | 24°
  • Feels like: 33° F
  • Wind: NNE 8mph
  • Humidity: 38%
  • Sat Mostly sunny
    45° | 34°
  • Sun Mix of sun and clouds
    53° | 45°
  • Mon Showers
    55° | 37°
  • Tue Sunny
    50° | 33°