MADISON (WKOW) -- Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood. And this month the American Red Cross is thanking the millions of dedicated blood and platelet donors across the country through National Blood Donor Month.
The celebration gives local blood centers the opportunity to honor past and present donors, and send a plea to new, eligible donors, to participate in donating.
The winter months typically see a decline in donations due to the holidays, traveling, bad weather, and illness, but the American Red Cross says the need for donors is always there.
Here is a list of upcoming blood drives in our area:
For more information on how to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or click here.
Bobbi Snethen from the American Red Cross joins us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday to talk about the need in our area.
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