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Blood is in short supply this month

January is National Blood Donation month.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin helps provide blood to 56 hospitals in 29 counties.

"Blood needs to be collected every single day. Just because there's a holiday or a snow storm we still, unfortunately, need that blood," said Vicki Bohman, the account representative for the center.

The center is usually short on blood this time of year, according to Bohman.

"Winter is a challenging time for us to meet the need for blood for a number of reasons," said Bohman. "It is a time of year when a lot of people are sick with cold and flu, and you can only donate blood when you are healthy."

Bohman said during this time of year a lot of blood drives are canceled because of the weather.

Of all of the blood types, O negative is in the highest demand right now.

Not everyone is eligible to give blood. For those who can't donate, there are still ways to help.

"The best thing to do would be actually to put on a blood drive if you personally can't donate and you really want to do something to impact lives right here in central Wisconsin," said Bohman.

Blood drives:

Tuesday, January 13 – Marathon City High School, 204 E. Street. Drive runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, January 15 – Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls, 98 Sherry Ave. Drive runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, January 16 –St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point (2nd Floor Conference Rm 6 & 7) Drive runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21 - Paper City Savings, 4200 8th Street South. Drive runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for an appointment.

Friday, January 23 – Rothschild Village Hall, 211 Grand Ave. Drive runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 29 - Assumption High School, 444 Chestnut Street. Drive runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 1-877-BE A HERO for an appointment.

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