Urgent need for blood donors

Winter — be it reduced daylight, the numbing cold, the uncertain footing or other factors of the season — is a time when most everything seems to slow down and cling close to home and hearth when possible. This recent streak of subzero days doesn’t help.

So perhaps it’s no surprise hospitals and blood banks struggle in winter to get enough donors to come in and give up a pint.

Hence January being National Blood Donor Month, to put a special emphasis on that need.

And right on cue, the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center said Tuesday it has a critical shortage across the region for all blood types.

So if you haven’t given blood in awhile, now is the time. And chances are a blood center or blood drive can be found relatively close by, to make it easier to donate.

In Iron Mountain, the U.P. Regional Blood Center is in Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building, 1711 S. Stephenson Ave. To make an appointment, call 906-774-1012.

U.P. Regional Blood Center drives planned in the area this month include:

— 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Aspirus Iron River Hospital, 1400 W. Ice Lake Road in Iron River. For an appointment call Abby Miller at 906-308-0232.

— 1 to 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at United Lutheran Church, 506 Superior Ave. in Crystal Falls. For an appointment, call Pearl Ross at 906-875-3197 or Pat Kosiba at 906-875-3187.

— 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Florence Rescue Squad in Florence, Wis. For an appointment, call 1-800-491-4483.

The organization also has centers in Marquette, Escanaba, Hancock and Sault Ste. Marie available for giving blood.

To see a schedule of other upcoming drives, plus hours at its center, go online to www.mgh.org/blood.

So make the call and help the U.P. Regional Blood Center maintain a healthy supply for the emergencies that inevitably arise.