Green Bay Packers host annual training camp blood drive
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Football fans are invited to score one for patients in need by donating blood with the American Red Cross at the Green Bay Packers Training Camp Blood Drive on Aug. 15. Eligible donors can stop by Lambeau Field from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for cancer patients, trauma victims, transplant recipients and other patients who rely on volunteer donors. Those who present to give blood will receive a special Red Cross giveaway item, while supplies last, and can enter to win official Packers merchandise.
“The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of year to collect blood donations, and for several years, the Red Cross has been lucky enough to partner with the Green Bay Packers in encouraging fans to help save lives,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Prove you bleed green and gold and give someone a second chance by joining us at Lambeau Field on Aug. 15.”
Thursday, Aug. 15 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lambeau Field Atrium, Fourth Floor Legends Club Room, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, Wis.
Blood drive attendees can enjoy special refreshments provided by Delaware North Companies as well as complimentary childcare and parking at Lambeau Field. Fans are also encouraged to stop by the Packers training camp practice scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. that day (hours are subject to change).
On July 9, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15 percent since the emergency call for donors was issued; however, an urgent need remains for donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. Currently, blood products are being distributed to area hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 consent 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
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.