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Wanted: Blood donors

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February.

Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping their blood donation appointments. Healthy and diverse blood donors are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one's blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Blood must be matched very closely for those patients with rare blood types or for those who need repeated transfusions. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity. 

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Dodge County

Beaver Dam

2/16/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., J.B. Kenehan, 555 Beichl Ave

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Fond du Lac County

Campbellsport

2/17/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Campbellsport High School, 114 W Sheboygan St

Ripon

2/17/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA, 430 Griswold St

2/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ripon College, 300 Seward St

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Jefferson County

Johnson Creek

2/23/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, W4095 County Rd B

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Milwaukee County

Milwaukee

2/16/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 3353 S. Whitnall

2/21/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Ave

2/23/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., AO Smith Corp, 11270 W Park Pl

2/24/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Two Park Plaza, 10850 W. Park Place

2/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Marquette Health Sciences, 1442 W Wisconsin Ave

2/28/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Ave

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Ozaukee County

Mequon

2/20/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, 11831 N Seminary Drive 65 W

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Sheboygan County

Sheboygan

2/19/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Ave

2/26/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Ave

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Walworth County

Whitewater

2/16/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Whitewater Middle School, 401 S Elizabeth St

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Washington County

West Bend

2/25/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, 1975 South 18th Ave

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Waukesha County

Hartland

2/26/2015: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 110 E Park Ave

Pewaukee

2/17/2015: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 2220 Silvernail Rd

2/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 2220 Silvernail Rd

2/24/2015: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 2220 Silvernail Rd

2/26/2015: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 2220 Silvernail Rd

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