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January is National Blood Donor Month

Since 1970 January has been declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and with good reason.  Above all other times of the year, it’s the month that presents the most challenges in recruiting people to give blood.  Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give.  Yet winter weather can lead to more traumatic injuries on icy roads and may increase the need for blood.

In the Milwaukee area, two major organizations address the need: Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin collects and distributes life-saving blood and marrow for Wisconsin families and tissue and organs for southeastern Wisconsin families. A private, not-for-profit organization, BloodCenter of Wisconsin also specializes in diagnostic testing, medical services, and leading-edge basic and clinical research.

BloodCenter makes it easy to find and make an appointment for a blood donation at their website. All donors should be in good health on the day of donation. To be eligible to donate, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old. (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent. For more information, please read Parental Information on Blood Donation.)
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Be free of major cold, flu, and allergy symptoms.
  • Present a photo I.D. with birth date
  • Not have had hepatitis after age 11.
  • Not have had any risk factors/behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS.
As part of emergency preparedness, Red Cross across the country does blood drives, and Wisconsin is no different. Here are the dates and locations of January Blood Drive, and the rest of the year you can check here for current drives.
  • Milwaukee Oak Creek 1/6/12 1:00 PM 6:00 PM Oak Creek West Middle School Multipurpose Room 8401 S 13th St
  • Milwaukee Wauwatosa 1/9/12 9:00 AM 1:00 PM Corix Utilities American Red Cross Bus 11020 W Plank Ct
  • Milwaukee Milwaukee 1/12/12 10:00 AM 2:00 PM Schlitz Park Office Building Atrium 1555 N River Center Dr 209
  • Milwaukee Milwaukee 1/13/12 8:00 AM 2:00 PM Ronald Reagan High School 2nd Floor Gym 4965 S 20th St
  • Milwaukee Milwaukee 1/23/12 9:30 AM 3:30 PM Marquette Univ Health Law Society Eckstein Hall – Rm 433AB 1215 W Michigan Ave
  • Milwaukee Wauwatosa 1/24/12 12:30 PM 5:30 PM YMCA W Suburban Branch Studio 2420 N 124th St
  • Milwaukee Milwaukee 1/25/12 9:00 AM 1:00 PM AO Smith Corp Conference Room 11270 W Park Pl

To be eligible to donate you must:

Please consider making a blood donation this month.

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About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.

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