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Help Save Lives and Celebrate Summer By Donating Blood at the11th Annual Beach Days

Badger-Hawkeye

June 24, 2011
 

MADISON, Wis. (June, 2011) –Holiday weekends, like Independence Day, can prove to be extra challenging for collecting blood. With busy summer schedules and schools being out of session, blood donations often decline. Following the holiday weekend, the American Red Cross invites Madison-area donors to the 11th Annual Beach Days event from July 5 through July 9.

"This is a great opportunity to help boost the summer blood supply following the extended holiday weekend," said Greg Novinska, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. "Our goal is to collect more than 600 blood and platelet donations through the five-day event."

Beach Days kicks off on Tuesday, July 5 with a special blood drive at the Sheraton Hotel. Enjoy refreshing lemonade, fresh fruit, sandwiches and baked goods! All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt and a chance to win great raffle prizes.

Beach Days Kick-Off Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, John Nolen Drive

From Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9, Beach Days continues at the Madison East and Madison West Blood Donation Centers where blood and platelet donors will enjoy a fun, tropical environment and special treats such as hot dogs, ice cream, fruit and cookies. All presenting donors will have the chance to win great raffle prizes such as PDQ gas cards, gift certificates from Brennan's, Papa Murphy's, New Concepts Salon, Panchero's Mexican Grill along with tote bags filled with beach gear and more.

During the five-day event, all presenting donors will receive a voucher for one free game of bowling at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in Madison along with a box of Girl Scout cookies donated by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, while supplies last. Presenting donors 21 years of age and older will be entered to win a trip for 4 to Orlando, Florida!

Beach Days is sponsored by NBC15, which will provide ongoing coverage of the event as the exclusive television sponsor.

Beach Days Blood Donation Opportunities

Date Drive Location Name Address Times Sponsor Code
July
5
Sheraton Hotel 706 John Nolen Dr
Madison, WI
11:30am - 5:30pm 4443
July
6
Madison East Blood Donation Center 2109 Zeier Rd
Madison, WI
Noon - 6:30pm -
July
6
Madison West Blood Donation Center 4860 Sheboygan Ave
Madison, WI
8am - 1pm -
July
7
Madison East Blood Donation Center 2109 Zeier Rd
Madison, WI
Noon - 6:30pm -
July
7
Madison West Blood Donation Center 4860 Sheboygan Ave
Madison, WI
8am - 6pm -
July
8
Madison East Blood Donation Center 2109 Zeier Rd
Madison, WI
8am - 2:30pm -
July
8
Madison West Blood Donation Center 4860 Sheboygan Ave
Madison, WI
8am - 1pm -
July
9
Madison East Blood Donation Center 2109 Zeier Rd
Madison, WI
7:30am - 1pm -
July
9
Madison West Blood Donation Center 4860 Sheboygan Ave
Madison, WI
8am - Noon -

Platelets – a clotting component of blood –have a shelf-life of only 5 days, making it especially important for the supply to be constantly replenished. To find out if you are eligible to donate platelets, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 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.