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Cold, Flu Prompt Critical Plea for Local Blood Donors

BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Tomah Memorial Hospital officials hope area residents can help meet a critical need for blood by donating at Tomah Memorial Hospital Jan. 25.

Tomah Memorial marketing and public relations director Eric Prise said recent below zero temperatures and an increase in cases of flu have resulted in a decline in blood donations.

“Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months and January in particular can be a difficult month for blood donations since supplies often run low when needed most,” Prise said. “January is National Blood Donor month, so now is the perfect time to celebrate by giving the gift of life.”

BloodCenter of Wisconsin strives to see 800 donors a day, six days a week, to collect the blood needed by patients in the hospitals with which they partner, like Tomah Memorial explained Prise.

He said residents can donate blood Thursday, Jan. 25, from noon – 5 p.m. at Tomah Memorial Hospital.

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To donate blood, a person must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have photo identification. Sixteen-year-olds may also donate with parental consent. Forms are available at Tomah Memorial, and online with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin