Do you have it IN you?…[Blood]

January is National Blood Donor Month

Do you have it in you? Blood, that is!  Why, yes, yes you do!  But, do you have it in you to get out and donate this month? We hope so. The need is high, especially in our area.  January is National Blood Donor Month, which highlights the critical need for blood during winter when donations tend to decline. The month of January has been labeled National Blood Donor Month since 1970.

 

Who is eligible to Donate Blood?

To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate with parental consent.) You must weigh 110 pounds or more and be feeling well on the day of donation (free from cold and flu symptoms). Have a photo ID ready.  Donors may not have had hepatitis after 11 years old and have no risk factors associated with HIV.

 

What happens at the Blood Donation Visit?

In short, you will fill out some forms and have a private interview about health history. They will take your vitals and check your hemoglobin level through a finger pick. If eligible, the actual donation takes about 10 minutes. After a pint has been collected, you will get a bandage and some snacks and a drink. You can leave after 10-15 minutes to normal activities.

 

On a Personal Note

After writing this post last year I decided to face my fears and give blood (if I could write an article telling others to do it, how could I sit home and not donate out of fear). So I did! It didn’t take long (under 45 minutes total parking lot to parking lot time) and I handled the needle part just fine. In fact I signed up to give more often! Our daughter was born in November and her birth mom ended up needing 2 bags of blood.  I am grateful to all who give.

 

$10 to Noodles & Company 

If you need even more incentive to get out and donate this month, besides all the good you are doing, Noodles & Company has partnered with the Blood Center of Wisconsin to give $10 Noodles gift cards to those who donate at a BCW donor center or select BCW mobile blood drives while supplies last. In total, Noodles & Company donated $150,000 for this initiative – how amazing! The coupons are valid with a Coca-Cola Freestyle purchase and are redeemable through Noodles & Company’s mobile app only by Feb. 11, 2018.

Donors can schedule an appointment at bcw.edu or by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376).

Where to Donate Blood

There are several blood drives going on in our area this month.  See master list below organized by date.

  • To find and schedule a donation through the Blood Center of Wisconsin, go to bcw.edu/donate or call 1-877-232-4376. There is a donation Center in Waukesha.
  • To find and schedule a donation through Red Cross, you can use their free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call them at 1-800-733-2767.

Plus, this interesting article on all things blood related. 

 

Blood Drives in Lake Country in January 2018


Waukesha Blood Donation Center

2220 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI

Thursday, January 4th | 12:30PM – 6:30PM

Note: Free long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt when you come to donate Dec. 21-Jan. 7, while supplies last!


Nashotah Village Hall

N44 W32950 Watertown Plank Rd. Nashotah, WI 53058

Thursday, January 4th   | 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Note: Coupon for a free 6 inch sub from the Picnic Basket & Red Cross long sleeve shirt!


Mayfair Mall

Community Room at Mayfair Mall

Friday, January 5th, 2018  | 12:30 – 5:30 PM

Note: All attempting donors will get a Starbucks gift card, movie pass and coupon for a FREE entree from our premier sponsor Noodles & Company. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments at bcw.edu/mayfair are encouraged


OS Inc

W237 N2920 Woodgate Road Pewaukee, WI 53072

Monday, January 8th, 2018 | 08:30 AM- 01:00 PM

Note: Get a coupon for a free 6 inch sub from the Picnic Basket (expires 1 week after blood drive)!


Waukesha Blood Donation Center

2220 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI

Thursday, January 11th | 12:30PM – 6:30PM


Mukwonago Town Hall

W320 S8315 Beulah Road Mukwonago, WI 53149

Friday, January 12, 2018 | 09:00 AM- 02:00 PM

 Note: Get a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s famous frozen custard! Walk-in Donors Welcome Anytime!


 Lake Country Lutheran High School

401 Campus Dr Hartland, WI 53029

Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 | 07:30 AM- 01:00 PM

Note: In memory of Chris Buchmann. Coupons for 6 inch sub from the Picnic Basket & Culver’s pint coupon!


East Troy Bible Church

2660 North St -Hwy 20 East Troy, WI 53120

Monday, Jan 15, 2018 | 12:00 PM- 05:00 PM

Note: Bring a friend and help save lives together.


Sullivan Elementary School

618 Bakertown Road Sullivan, WI 53178

Monday, Jan 15, 2018 | 01:00 PM- 06:00 PM

Note: All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s custard!


AURORA/WAUKESHA

W231 N1440 CORPORATE COURT WAUKESHA, WI 53186

Wednesday, January 17, 2018  | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Note: See link.


New Berlin Public Library

15105 Library Ln New Berlin, WI 53151

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 | 01:00 PM- 06:00 PM

Note: Open to the community and walk-in donors welcome anytime!


American Legion

201 S Water St Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 | 12:00 PM- 06:00 PM


Shepherd of the Hills

N36W24130 Pewaukee Rd PO Box 802 Pewaukee, WI 53072

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 | 01:00 PM- 06:00 PM

Note: Get a coupon for a free 6 inch sub from the Picnic Basket & a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s!


Waukesha Blood Donation Center

2220 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI

Thursday, January 18th | 12:30PM – 6:30PM


Midwest Engineered Systems Inc

W238N1700 Rockwood Drive Waukesha, WI 53188

Friday, Jan 19, 2018 | 09:00 AM- 02:00 PM

Note: Located in Dogtopia building. Receive a coupon for a free 6 inch sub from the Picnic Basket!


University Lake School

4024 Nagawicka Road, Hartland, WI

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 | 01:00 PM- 06:00 PM

Note: See linkDonate blood in January and get a coupon for a Free entree at Noodles & Company (with a Coca-Cola Freestyle Purchase)! Friends and Family Welcome! Refreshments Served. Any questions contact [email protected]lake.org. Donors must be 16+. If you are 16 you need parental consent.


Stone Bank Fire Department

W335N7107 Stone Bank Rd. Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 | 01:00 PM- 06:00 PM

Note: Get a coupon for a free 6 inch sub from the Picnic Basket & a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s!


Waukesha Blood Donation Center

2220 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI

Thursday, January 25th | 12:30PM – 6:30PM


Christ United Methodist Church

112 Hall Street Watertown, WI 53094

Monday Jan 29 AND Tuesday Jan 30, 2018 | 12:00 PM- 06:00 PM (M) and 10:00 AM- 04:00 PM (T)

Note: Sponsored by Steve’s Southside Citgo Service Station


Lebanon Elementary School

W4712 County Rd O Watertown, WI 53098

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 | 02:30 PM- 06:30 PM


Watertown Regional Medical Center

125 Hospital Drive Watertown, WI 53098

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 | 09:30 AM- 02:30 PM


Go out and SAVE A LIFE today! If you cannot donate, consider a financial donation American Red Cross or the Blood Center of Wisconsin.