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Versiti Blood Center hosts 20th Annual Season of Giving Blood Drive

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 14:27:50-05

MILWAUKEE — Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is kicking off its 20th Annual Season of Giving Blood Drive on Dec. 28 and 29 to continue helping save lives.

The blood drive will be Monday, Dec. 28, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Zoo Peck Welcome Center located at 10001 W. Bluemound Road.

Donations of all blood types are needed, but Virsiti stated that there is a critical need for O negative, the universal blood type.

“The need for blood never ends, and it is a critical need,” says Dr. Dan Waxman, vice president of transfusion medicine and senior medical officer at Versiti. “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.”

During the blood drive, Versiti will also be collecting COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) from eligible donors who’ve been pre-qualified.

Safety precautions will be in place, including social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.

You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-232-4376, or online here.

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