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Each year, blood donations drop about 20 percent during the summer months. School is out, vacations have started, and those of us in Southeastern Wisconsin are making the most of our limited amount of nice weather.

But the need for blood never goes away. So Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is trying something new this year to try and boost blood donations when our hospitals are the most in need.

For the first time, we’ve created a community blood drive at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, a community gathering space, where we hope to save lives on June 19.

I’ve seen firsthand how much the people in Kenosha are willing to do for their neighbors. I have worked with dozens of community members who host their own blood drives each year at their churches, places of business, schools or community centers.

And each March, I work with the students and staff at Tremper High School to put on one of the largest blood drives in the entire country. This year we collected more than 600 units of blood at Tremper, and if we collect just a fraction of that amount at the RecPlex, we’ll hit our goal for the day. We’re looking for just 100 people to donate.

So I’m asking for your help. If you are willing and able to make it out to the RecPlex between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, please join us and help save lives right here in Kenosha County. And if you can’t donate yourself, we’d love your help finding someone who can.

To sign up, you can visit bit.ly/recplex to add your name to the appointment schedule, or you can call the Blood Center at 877-232-4376 and we’ll put you on the list.

Jason Anschutz is account representative, donor group recruitment at Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin.

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