Back-to-Back blood drives planned
Two blood drives are being held back-to-back this week, in Sugar Camp and Rhinelander. Blood donations are projected to decrease substantially in the last two weeks of December. The blood drives in Sugar Camp and Rhinelander will bolster the blood supply before the holidays, lessening the impact of the donation decline. At each blood drive, all donors can enter to win a homemade, fresh evergreen wreath.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, a Sugar Camp Community Blood Drive is planned from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The drive will be held at the Sugar Camp Town Hall at 4059 Camp 4 Road in Rhinelander, and is being hosted by the Sugar Camp Lions. For a donation appointment, call Mary at 715-272-1142 or visit www.save3lives.org.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Nativity Catholic School has planned a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. The drive will be held in the school gym, at 103 East King Street in Rhinelander. For a donation appointment, call Jodi at 715-490-0466 or visit www.save3lives.org.
“Near the end of December, people get busy and often find it difficult to take an hour out of their schedule to give blood,” Jan Hadsell of the Community Blood Center said. “We’re asking people to get a jump start on their gift giving by donating blood, giving the “gift of life” at one of these blood drives.”
Advance donation appointments are highly recommended for both blood drives. Walk-in donors are welcome, but scheduling an appointment helps ensure a fast and convenient process.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, and bring a photo ID. Donors are encouraged to eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.