Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin are joining forces to meet area blood needs by holding a two-day blood drive Jan. 26 & 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at Tomah’s Recreation Park, 1625 Butts Ave., Tomah.
“Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months and January in particular can be a difficult month for blood donations,” said Versiti BloodCenter account representative Emalea Cogdill. “January is National Blood Donor month, and someone needs blood every three seconds so now is the perfect time to give the gift of life,” Cogdill said.
The January drives will be held at Tomah’s Recreation Park due to continued COVID visitor restrictions at Tomah Health. “We are extremely thankful to the Tomah Parks & Recreation Dept., for continued use of Recreation Park for our drives,” Tomah Health Marketing & Public Relations director Eric Prise said.
BloodCenter officials remind the public that the blood donation process itself poses no risk of infecting a donor with coronavirus. The SARS CoV-2 antibody test will also be performed on all donations as part of standard testing.
Versiti officials report that if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19 you will not be able to donate convalescent plasma, BUT you can still make regular blood donations.
Versiti is the sole supplier of blood to nearly 50 hospitals in Wisconsin including Tomah Health.
Register for the Jan. 26 drive, CLICK HERE
Register for the Jan. 27 drive, CLICK HERE