Tomah Health blood drive: ‘Give a Pint, Get a Pint’ of Culver’s custard

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TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin will host a blood drive July 20 and 21, with a free pint of Culver’s custard to attract donors in a “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” promotion.

The drive, scheduled because this is a high-demand season for blood but a time of low donor turnout, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. both days at Tomah’s Recreation Park at 1625 Butts Ave.

“During the summer months, we see people on vacation, and people unfortunately are not taking the time to donate blood,” said Emalea Cogdill, an account representative for Versiti Blood Center account representative. “While our blood supply is usually at its lowest, demand is at its highest,” often because of car accidents.

A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood, Cogdill said.

Versiti is the sole supplier of blood to nearly 50 hospitals in Wisconsin including Tomah Health.

As an incentive to donate, all attempting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard courtesy of Culver’s of Tomah, said Eric Prise, Tomah Health’s marketing and public relations director.

“We appreciate the support from Culver’s of Tomah and their ‘Give a Pint, Get a Pint’ program as a small way to thank our donors,” Prise said.

To donate blood, a person must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have photo identification. Sixteen-year-olds may donate with parental consent. The process for whole blood donation usually takes about one hour, but the blood collection itself is usually about 10 minutes.

Potential donors are asked to register for a donation time at the hospital’s website.

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