LA CROSSE, WI -

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations due to a critical shortage.

The BloodCenter says its hospitals have an adequate supply at this this time, but it has less than a one-day supply of some critical blood types, such as O negative.

La Crosse area residents are encouraged to donate blood at the La Crosse 10-year Celebration Blood Drive on Wednesday and Thursday at the La Crosse Center’s North Hall, 300 2nd Street South.

10-Year Celebration Blood Drive:

Wednesday, September 18, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BloodCenter is the sole provider of blood to local hospitals, like Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System.

You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visiting www.bcw.edu/LAX10 or m.bcw.edu on a mobile device.