Support the Sheboygan Fire Department and Area Patients by Donating Blood
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Sheboygan-area residents can support local firefighters and hospital patients by donating blood through the American Red Cross on July 14. Community members are invited to roll up their sleeves at the Sheboygan community blood drive and attend an open house at the fire department headquarters to get a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday operations of the local fire department.
Currently, the Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donations. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.
To reward individuals for their lifesaving efforts, all presenting donors will receive a free “Pint for a Pint” coupon to be redeemed at Al & Al’s Steinhaus Restaurant for a pint of their favorite beverage. As part of the Red Cross’ Live Life. Give Life. summer-long promotion, all presenting donors will also be entered to receive a prize certificate package worth $5,000 redeemable at GiftCertificates.com.
“We hope eligible donors will consider lending an arm to support patients in need. Giving blood is a great way to give back, and we’re excited to welcome community members to the station this summer,” said Gary Kolberg, Sheboygan Fire Department Shift Commander and volunteer blood drive coordinator. “Bring the entire family because there will be plenty of fun activities planned throughout the day.”
Certain times of the year – typically summer and around holidays – present unique challenges to ensuring an adequate blood supply. Summer vacations and activities fill donors’ schedules, leaving less time to donate. Blood is needed for many different reasons, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies – when there are complications during childbirth – and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
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
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at blog.redcross.org.