The American Red Cross has announced blood donation drives in the area for October.

Red Cross officials said blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population in western Wisconsin.

Blood drives will be held in the following locations:

Oct. 7—Wilton Community Center, 400 East St., Wilton, 7-11:30 a.m.

Oct. 11—Bangor High School, 700 10th St., Bangor, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Oct. 12—First Baptist Church, 525 S. Washington St., New Lisbon, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 13—Cashton High School, 540 Coe St., Cashton, noon to 5 p.m.

Oct. 21—Sparta Fire Department, 118 East Oak St., Sparta, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Oct. 25—Western Technical College Safety Training Center, 11177 Highway A, noon to 5 p.m.

Oct. 26—Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center, 500 E. Veterans St., Tomah, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oct. 27—Fort McCoy, 1571 S. 9th Ave., 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross blood donor app by visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at


Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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