Wisconsin blood centers expand hours after Waukesha tragedy, cite continuous need for donations
Blood donors lined up at the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin's Waukesha location yesterday, a day after an SUV drove through the Waukesha Christmas Parade, killing five and injuring more than 40. In response, the non-profit blood center has extended its hours at its Waukesha location and some other Wisconsin donation sites. Those able to donate can schedule an appointment here.
In a tweet yesterday, the blood center cited an ongoing need for donations. "Please consider making an appointment in the coming days as blood donors are continuously needed," it wrote.
In response to the overwhelming support we’ve received in response to the Waukesha tragedy, we are extending hours at our Waukesha & other donor centers. To book an appt now through Thanksgiving weekend, visit: https://t.co/u41f1uSgnG. #StrongerTogether #WaukeshaStrong pic.twitter.com/oBQxD3W4Q7— Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin (@BloodCenterWI) November 23, 2021
Hospital workers say that blood donations tend to slow around this time of the year, and that Sunday's tragedy further stretched the area's blood supply. Donations made in the coming days may not go directly to victims of Sunday's parade, but they will help ensure there is adequate supply for whoever needs it.
Thanks for helping to get the word out! If appointments at a donor center are filled, we are recommending donors check https://t.co/scZxbxmxd0 for a community blood drive near them, or for dates through the Thanksgiving weekend. Extremely grateful for our amazing community ❤️— Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin (@BloodCenterWI) November 22, 2021
A woman donates blood while community members watch a live news conference taking place at Waukesha City Hall as they await their turn to donate at Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin the day after a car plowed through a holiday parade. Photo by Cheney Orr pic.twitter.com/cFZGy0VUQY— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) November 22, 2021
Yesterday officials released the names and ages of those killed at Sunday's parade.
- Tamara Durand, 52
- Wilhelm Hospel, 81
- Jane Kulich, 52
- LeAnna Owen, 71
- Virginia Sorenson, 79