All blood types are needed to replenish low supplies. Over the Labor Day weekend and the subsequent weeks, the Blood Center 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 Blood Center relies.
"While our hospitals have an adequate supply at this time, BloodCenter has less than a one-day supply of some critical blood types, such as O negative. We must ensure an adequate supply of all blood types moving forward," the organization stated in a news release Monday.
Community members can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt or m.bcw.edu on a mobile device.
Because of this critical need, the Blood Center is extending the hours at several donor center locations. The following locations will be open until 8 p.m. from Monday Wednesday:
- Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Brown Deer, 5960 W. Brown Deer Rd., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Greenfield, 7210 W. Edgerton Ave., 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wauwatosa, 8733 Watertown Plank Rd., 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Waukesha, 2111 Springdale Rd., 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Racine, 1120 S. Sunnyslope Rd., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Kenosha, 8064 39th Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- West Bend, 130 Valley Ave., 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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. Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood.
Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes only an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date. Donors are giving a life-saving gift to children and adults who are seriously injured, facing surgery or being treated for cancer. Just one hour of a donor’s time can save the lives of up to three patients in need.