Blood drive in La Crosse helping bring in donations as Red Cross reports emergency need

The American Red Cross reports an emergency need for blood.

Nationally, Red Cross has less than a three day supply of blood and only a two day supply of type O blood.

A three-day drive is underway at Concordia Banquet Hall on La Crosse Street in La Crosse to help bring in more donations.

Blood donations along with Power Red donations will be collected.

The ‘Power Red’ donations collect red cells, but returns most plasma and platelets to the donor.

The change in schedules for the summer leads to issues collection donations.

“We lose a lot of donors when school is let out, about twenty percent of our donor population are students and when school is let out, we only see about 20 percent of those people work their way back to a blood drive,” said Scott Friell, American Red Cross, Donor Recruitment Representative.

The drive continues through Thursday.

Donations can be made from 10 a.m. until three in the afternoon.

Appointments can be made on the Red Cross Blood Services website, but walk-ins are welcome.

You can also find out about upcoming blood drives in our area.

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