MADISON (WKOW) -- Vacations, activities and holidays contribute to a decrease in blood donations during the summer.
But, patients don't get a break from needing blood. The American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage.
Those with O negative, A negative and B negative are especially urged to donate, as their blood types are often in high demand because they can potentially be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.
There are many blood donation locations in our area.
Here are a few locations:
July 16 from 1-5 p.m. at Portage High School, 301 E. Collins in Portage.
July 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Glacier Canyon Lodge, 45 Hillman Road in Wisconsin Dells.
July 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 1804 New Pinery Road in Portage.
July 16 from 1-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross East Madison, 2109 Zeier Road in Madison.
July 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross West Madison, 4860 Sheboygan Ave. in Madison.
July 16 from 12-5 p.m. at University of Wisconsin Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave. in Madison.
July 16 from 12-5 p.m. at VFW Post 8483 and Auxiliaries, 5737 County Road CV in Madison.
July 17 from 1-6 p.m. at American Legion, 218 Mason in Blanchardville.
July 18 from 1-5 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 237 E. Main in Benton.
July 23 from 12-5:30 p.m. at American Legion, 1400 Keep St. in Darlington.
July 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Community/Senior Center, 1050 N. Orange St. in Richland Center.
July 16 from 2-6 p.m. at American Legion, State Road 23 in Orfordville.
July 22 from 2-6 p.m. at St. Stephen's Family Center, 716 Shu Lar Lane in Clinton.
July 26 from 12-4 p.m. at Craig High School, 401 S. Randall Ave. in Janesville.
For more information about other locations and the American Red Cross, click here.