Red Cross: National blood crisis, donations critically needed

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments, and donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead.

Over the next month, about 60% of donation appointments remain unfilled in the Wisconsin Red Cross Region. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross and the NFL are partnering this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals to give blood or platelets and help tackle the national blood shortage. Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank-you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.

SIGN UP TODAY: Get daily headlines, breaking news emails from FOX6 News

Volunteers needed

In addition to blood donors, the Red Cross also needs the help of volunteers to support critical blood collections across the country. Blood drive volunteers play an important role by greeting, registering, answering questions and providing information to blood donors throughout the donation process. Blood transportation specialists – another volunteer opportunity − provide a critical link between blood donors and blood recipients by delivering blood to hospitals in communities across the country. To volunteer to support Red Cross blood collections, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.

Milwaukee VA requiring medical-grade masks; available at facility entrances

Effective immediately, anyone entering the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and its community clinics must wear a medical-grade cough, surgical, procedural, or N95/KN95 mask.

12th and Keefe building fire; Red Cross notified about 2 adults

Firefighters on Tuesday, Jan. 11 responded to the scene of a building fire near 12th and Keefe.