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BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Brown Deer, 5960 W. Brown Deer Road — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Greenfield, 7210 W. Edgerton Ave. — 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wauwatosa, 8733 Watertown Plank Road — 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Waukesha, 2111 Springdale Road — 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Racine, 1120 S. Sunnyslope Road — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kenosha, 8064 39th Ave. — 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

West Bend, 130 Valley Ave. — 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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