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American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Patients


November 8, 2010

MADISON, Wis. – Skip the bargain shopping this holiday season and give the perfect gift to patients in need by donating blood at the 25th Annual American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive on Thursday, December 23 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Holiday Blood Drive,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Over the years, we’ve seen first-time donors and families turn this event into an annual tradition.”

Donating blood helps save lives and the only cost is an hour of your time. To a hospital patient in need, time is everything – time to laugh, time to live and time to love. Nearly 16,000 pints of blood have been donated through the Red Cross at the Holiday Blood Drive over the years, helping patients in need in Madison and throughout Wisconsin. This year, the Red Cross hopes more than 600 people will come out to donate blood and help ensure a sufficient supply into the New Year.

A blood donation this holiday season is the perfect gift . . . the gift that saves the day. Roll up your sleeve on December 23 and help patients in need while enjoying great company, visits from special guests, local music and lots of great food.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Scheduling appointments in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors who are also busy running last minute errands or heading out of town to visit family and friends.

All presenting donors will receive a t-shirt and can enter for a chance to win great raffle prizes at the Holiday Blood Drive. Blood donors can also bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Cash donations to Second Harvest will also be accepted.

Donors unable to make the Holiday Blood Drive will have more opportunities to donate blood from December 27 through December 29 at the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Walk-ins are welcome.

A special thank you to WKOW-TV and John and Tammy from 96.3 Star Country for their support of the 25th Annual Holiday Blood Drive.

How to Donate Blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.