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Versiti asks Wisconsinites to donate blood on Giving Tuesday

Posted at 10:07 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 11:07:16-05

WISCONSIN — Giving Tuesday is coming up and Versiti Blood Centers are asking for blood and plasma donations.

Even amid a pandemic, the need for blood remains critical. That's why Versiti is asking anyone who can donate to do so.

“Now more than ever, Versiti Blood Centers needs people to step forward for their community and save a life by donating blood. In a year like 2020, when so much feels out of our control, the selfless act of blood donation lets you make a life-saving gift for free," said Dr. Dan Waxman, vice president of transfusion medicine and senior medical officer at Versiti.

Every two seconds, someone needs life-saving blood to survive and while medical researchers have learned and discovered a lot over the years, there's still no replacement or substitute for blood, Versiti said in a press release Monday.

One donation of blood takes less than an hour and can help save up to three lives. Versiti says your blood is typically used by a patient within 24 to 48 hours of being donated, it can be safely stored for 42 days until it’s needed.

If you want to help save lives by donating blood this Giving Tuesday, click here to make an appointment.

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