ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) - Cold temperatures are keeping people away from donating blood, and the Bloodcenter of Wisconsin is asking for your help.
Spokeswoman Vicki Bohman says area hospitals are in critical need of blood. "More people are staying home because of the cold, but we still need to take in 800 units a day across the state to keep up supply." She also says it's a time of year you should be thinking about giving. "It's a great time to be thinking about ways to give to others, and with blood donations you have the potential to save up to three lives, so it's a significant gift, and a gift that's needed this time of year.
The blood drive runs today from 9 am to 2 pm at the Rothschild village hall. You are welcome to drop in, but Bohman says you should call ahead for an appointment if you know you're coming.
If you are heading out to donate blood, Bohman says you should be ready. "It's important to have a good breakfast or good lunch before you come in. Also important to be hydrated before you come in, push the water or juice." You will need a valid driver's license to donate blood.
For more information or to sign up for a donation time, call the Bloodcenter at 1-877-232-4376.