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Life-saving blood donations are in especially high need in December, when donations tend to go down because of additional family commitments and increased travel around the holidays.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin's upcoming blood drives for Milwaukee County include:

1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek;

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Roosevelt Elementary School, 2535 N. 73rd St., Wauwatosa;

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, St. Pius X Grade School, 2520 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa;

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1441 W. Oakwood Road, Oak Creek.

Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu.

Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood.  Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

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