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 redcrossblood.org 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 redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

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

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