MADISON (WKOW) -- Ahead of the holidays, the American Red Cross is asking for people to give the gift of life this season. You can donate blood now, or after the holidays at the Red Cross's upcoming blood drives. Every day, around 44,000 pints of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, cancer patients and more.
January is National Blood Donor Month. It's a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have.
You can join the nearly four million dedicated Red Cross blood donors across the country and make an appointment to give by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also click here for more information.
A list of the upcoming blood drives in our area of Wisconsin is below.
In Columbia County, you can donate blood on Jan. 8, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lodi Veterinarian Hospital, 705 N. Main in Lodi, Wis. Another drive is on Jan. 10, 2013 from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. at Glacier Canyon Lodge, 45 Hillman Road in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. You can also donate on Jan. 14, 2013 from 12 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. at First Reformed Church, 406 S. High St. in Randolph, Wis.
In Dane County you can donate blood on Jan. 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nordby Building, 1707 W. Broadway in Madison, Wis. Also on Jan. 2, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Country Inn & Suites Monona, 400 River Place in Madison, Wis. Also on Jan. 2, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Madison East Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Road in Madison, Wis. You can also donate on Jan. 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Madison West Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave. in Madison, Wis. The other location on Jan. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is at Mennenga Tax & Financial Service, 814 Atlas Ave. in Madison, Wis.
You can also donate blood in Dane County o9n Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Madison, Wis, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nordby Building, 1707 W. Broadway in Madison, Wis., from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, 2400 Wright St. in Madison, Wis, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Health Research Park Clinic, 621 Science Drive in Madison, Wis., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Madison West Donation Center, 4860 Sheboygan Ave. in Madison, Wis, and from 1:00 p.m-6:30 p.m. at Madison East Donation Center, 2109 Zeier Road in Madison, Wis.
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