Red Cross sees dip in blood donations, asking people to give blood as summer approaches

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The American Red Cross is asking people to continue giving blood as summer approaches.

The Red Cross says the need for blood is constant and in the last few weeks, donations have been down across the country.

Now, they’re asking people to give blood as they usually see fewer blood drives and donations during the summer.

“We’d love to still have you and you can still be part of that great solution of having blood on the shelves that really helps save lives,” American Red Cross of Wisconsin communications director Justin Kern said.

Throughout the pandemic, blood donations have been especially important and the Red Cross is still testing donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

“That can still be used for folks struggling through the worst of COVID,” Kern said. “We do want a lot of people, especially the first-time donors, who came out this past year to remember they can still make an impact throughout the summer as a donor.”

The antibodies not only needed to help COVID-19 patients, but blood needed for others.

“The need for blood is constant, people who are going through car accidents, people who are going through cancer treatments, all of those day to day and long-term needs for blood still exist,” he said.

According to Kern, anyone who’s been fully vaccinated doesn’t need to wait a certain time period to give blood, they are able to donate right away.

The following blood drives are planned across southeast Wisconsin:

Dodge County

Beaver Dam

6/1/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Prairie View Elementary School, 510 N. Crystal Lake Road

Fox Lake

6/7/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fox Lake Community Center, 248 E State Street

Juneau

5/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Johns Lutheran Church & School, 402 S Main St

Lomira

5/24/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St

Randolph

6/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Village of Randolph, Village of Randolph, 248 West Stroud St

Watertown

5/18/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, N554 County Road R

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Fond du Lac County

Fond du Lac

5/19/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Church of Peace, 158 S Military Rd

5/25/2021: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., American Legion, 500 Fond du Lac Ave

5/25/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 500 Fond du Lac Ave

Mount Calvary

5/15/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mount Calvary Fire Station, 999 Fond du Lac Street

Rosendale

5/18/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 124 S Main St

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Jefferson County

Fort Atkinson

5/24/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Creamery 201, 201 N. Main St.

Ixonia

5/20/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St Pauls Ixonia, W1955 Gopher Hill Rd.

Lake Mills

6/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall, 200 Water St

Watertown

5/24/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 112 Hall Street

5/25/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 112 Hall Street

6/12/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Watertown Senior & Community Center, 514 S. First Street

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Kenosha County

Kenosha

6/9/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Herzing University, 5800 7th Ave

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Great Lakes Church Kenosha, 7600 75th St Suite #220

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Milwaukee County

Brown Deer

5/28/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8635 N 60th St.

Cudahy

6/10/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cudahy Family Library, 3500 Library Drive

Franklin

6/2/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Franklin Public Library, 9151 W Loomis Road

Greendale

5/18/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Hose Tower, 5699 Parking St

6/11/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Martin Luther High School, 5201 South 76th Street

Milwaukee

5/11/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 3353 S. Whitnall

5/18/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 309 The Renaissance, 309 N. Water Street

5/21/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, 1230 N Old World 3rd St

5/21/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Radisson Milwaukee West, 2303 North Mayfair Road

5/25/2021: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom, 505 S 5th St

5/25/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, 1450 North Lincoln Memorial Drive

5/27/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mayfair Professional Tower, 2500 North Mayfair Road

6/1/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Southside Church of Christ, 1933 W Grange Ave

6/7/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Company Brewing, 735 E Center St

6/8/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MobCraft Beer Brewery and Taproom, 505 S 5th St

6/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., General Mitchell Airport Delta Air Lines, 5300 S Howell Ave

6/9/2021: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., City Lights Brewing Co, 2200 W Mt Vernon Ave

River Hills

6/3/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St Christophers Episcopal Church, 7845 N River Rd

South Milwaukee

5/27/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Milwaukee Police Department, 2424 15th ave

Wauwatosa

6/4/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Arte Wine and Painting Studio, 1442 Underwood Ave.

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Ozaukee County

Grafton

6/9/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kapco Metal Stamping, 983 Badger Circle

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Racine County

Racine

6/11/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S Green Bay Rd

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Sheboygan County

Cedar Grove

6/8/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Faith Reformed Church, 243 S Fourth St

Elkhart Lake

5/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Anchor Lanes, 230 North Lincoln St

Plymouth

5/13/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, N5990 Country Aire Rd

Sheboygan

5/14/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave

5/21/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave

5/28/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave

6/1/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Three Sheeps Brewing Co, 1837 North Ave

6/4/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave

6/11/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave

Sheboygan Falls

5/14/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., First Reformed Church, 527 Giddings Ave

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Walworth County

East Troy

5/17/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., East Troy Bible Church, 2660 North St -Hwy 20

Elkhorn

5/18/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kunes Country RV, 9 Deere Rd

5/26/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Eklhorn High School, 482 East Geneva Street

Whitewater

6/2/2021: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Second Salem Brewing Company, 111 W Whitewater St

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Washington County

Hartford

5/10/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dave's Lanes, 218 N Main St

Jackson

5/11/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Still Waters Community United Methodist Church, 3617 Scenic Rd

5/26/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Jackson Community Center, N165 W20330 Hickory Ln

Slinger

5/14/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kunes Country Freedom RV, 825 Addison Rd.

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Waukesha County

Brookfield

5/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church West, 13001 West North Avenue

5/13/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 1750 N Calhoun Rd

5/20/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 13445 W Hampton Rd

5/26/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 S Moorland Road

6/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sendik's Towne Centre, 18905 W Capitol Dr, Suite C101

Delafield

6/7/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., The Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St

Hartland

5/28/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 111 Church Street

Menomonee Falls

6/1/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Legion Post 382, N88 W16652 Main St

6/2/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. James Parish, W220 N6588 Town Line Rd

Muskego

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Preferred Fitness, S74W17009 Janesville Rd

New Berlin

5/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Ln

5/14/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Woodridge Community Church, 13800 W Howard Ave

6/3/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Ln

North Lake

5/25/2021: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., North Lake School, N75 W31283 Hwy VV

Oconomowoc

5/10/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stone Bank Elementary School, N68 W33866 County Rd K

5/17/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 145 E. Lisbon Rd

Pewaukee

5/13/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd

5/20/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd

5/27/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd

6/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., DaySpring Church and Schools, N14W29489 Silvernail Rd.

6/3/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd

6/4/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., OS inc, W237 N2920 Woodgate Road

6/10/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd

Summit

5/28/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Summit Village Hall, 37100 Delafield Road

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Summit Village Hall, 37100 Delafield Road

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