Wisconsin football fans invited to prove they bleed Badger red
MADISON, Wis. - Counting down the minutes until kickoff on New Year’s Day? Before the Wisconsin Badgers football team competes in the 2013 Rose Bowl, the American Red Cross invites loyal fans to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at a Badger Fans Blood Drive to support their favorite college football team and patients in need.
“You don’t have to score a game-winning touchdown to be considered an MVP. With just one blood donation, you can help save up to three lives,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “We hope Badger football fans will lend an arm in the final days of 2012 and help maintain an adequate blood supply.”
All presenting donors at the Badger Fans blood drive will receive a complimentary Wisconsin-themed t-shirt (while supplies last) and can enjoy special refreshments.
Giving blood only takes about an hour but can make a game-changing difference for patients in need. Every day, regardless of the date on the calendar, the Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood. The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday by making an appointment to donate. All blood types are needed, especially donors with type O negative blood.
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 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.