MADISON, Wis.– Help save lives this summer and see a baseball game, courtesy of the American Red Cross. On July 19, area residents are invited to join Maynard G. Mallard at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center for the first-ever Madison Mallards Blood Drive.
Madison Mallards Blood Drive
Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Dr., Madison
The first 50 presenting donors with an appointment will receive a Mallards Duck Blind voucher good for the 2010 regular season. In addition, the first 10 presenting walk-in donors will receive a voucher for a free bleacher seat at a single game during the 2010 regular season.
“This is a great opportunity to thank our dedicated donors and give them the opportunity to see their hometown team in action,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “The summer can be a difficult time for people to donate blood because of vacations and other activities, so we’re hoping for a great turnout on July 19 to help boost the blood supply.”
Help create hope for patients in the area and around the country by making an appointment to donate blood. And through October, blood donors can register for a chance to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta through Red Cross Racing! Visit redcrossracing.com for more information.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) 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.