Heading into the official start of summer, health care officials in Tomah are asking the public to help prepare for an increased need for blood.

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin and Tomah Health have joined forces for a two-day blood drive May 24 and 25 from noon to 5 p-M at Tomah’s Recreation Park.

According to Versiti account representative Emalea Cogdill, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and increased travel lead to higher blood use which is important for hospitals across the state including Tomah Health.

Cogdill said Versiti needs on average ten-thousand-five-hundred donors per week across the organization to maintain a three-day supply of lifesaving blood.

The drives are being held at Tomah’s Recreation Park due to continued COVID visitor restrictions at Tomah Health.

Donors are encouraged to register for a donation time online at Tomah Health – dot – org.

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