Successful Kiwanis Blood Drive


Successful Kiwanis Blood Drive

The Germantown Community Blood Drive has started off the 2016 year on a successful note. It was announced at the weekly Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday morning at Aldo’s Pizza & Pub that there were 48 pre-scheduled blood  donations for Monday, January 11, 2016. With a record number of pre-scheduled appointments not even the January weather could keep concerned Germantown residents from donating much needed units to the community blood supply. Once again the day we scheduled the Germantown Community Blood Drive happened to be the coldest day of the year so far. That’s par for the course. Miraculously, that did not deter our Germantown neighbors from donating blood at a time of critical need for the  Blood Center of Wisconsin. The blood drive has been promoted by the Germantown Kiwanis and is held at Life Church of Germantown.

Last week the Blood Center of Wisconsin put out an urgent message to Germantown Kiwanis members and the community at large. “We have an urgent need and Monday is a critical collection day for BCW,” they wrote in an email to Kiwanis members.

In its second year of sponsoring the Blood Center of Wisconsin Blood Drive, the Germantown Kiwanis Club has helped the Germantown Blood Drive grow from just 13 donors on average. “The important thing to note,” said John Krause, Sr, the Kiwanis member who has headed up the blood drive, “is that all of the blood donated to the Blood Center of Wisconsin is used to treat patients in Southeastern Wisconsin. The blood donated here stays here.”

The next Germantown Community Blood Drive will be held on March 7 at Life Church in Germantown. The Blood Center of Wisconsin suggests that if you can give blood you should pre-schedule your appointment to avoid long waiting times. Those with appointments will be given priority. That means less time waiting to donate.  

Below is a chart of past Germantown Community Blood Drives:

Drives May 4 July 7 Sept 21 Jan 11 Mar 7 May 2
Scheduled Appt’s 45  40 44 48   42
No-Shows 12 13 8   8
Walk-Ins 13 19  15      25
Total Donors 40 47 42 40 41  52
Deferrals 6 4      8

*3 Walk-in’s that were unable to wait

“It is important to make an appointment when donating blood,” Krause pointed out. “Donors who set up an appointment ahead of time will be served first by the crew of the Blood Center of Wisconsin. They can have you in-and-out in 20 minutes to a half hour. Walk-in donors are also appreciated, but if you are on a tight time schedule it may not be as convenient for you. It takes less time if you are a regular donor because there is less paperwork that is required.”

The next Germantown Community Blood Drive will be held at Life Church on March 7, 2016.