GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 1, 2021) –The holiday season is a time for festivities, family and tradition. Join the American Red Cross at the Green Bay Winter Holiday Blood Drive Dec. 23 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist School, 2561 Glendale Ave., Green Bay, and Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ashwaubenon Community Center, 900 Anderson Drive, Ashwaubenon. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins welcomed as space allows.
Natalie Buhl is a frequent blood donor approaching her 57th blood donation. When she was young, she vividly recalls attending her father’s blood donation appointments and the pride she felt knowing he was helping to save lives.
When Buhl became old enough to donate blood, she made for her first blood donation appointment and has been donating blood regularly ever since.
She is also a teacher at West DePere High School and wants to be an inspiration to her students the way her father inspired her to give blood so many years ago.
“I've been blessed with good health all my life,” said Buhl. “I donate blood for those who have not been so fortunate. It's a little thing I can do that means a lot to someone in need. We are role models for the next generation of blood donors.”
More than 160 community members typically roll up their sleeve to give at the annual Green Bay Winter Holiday Blood Drive. The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give Dec. 23 at St. John the Baptist School and Dec. 27 at the Ashwaubenon Community Center with an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
“We would never be able to host such a successful drive without the incredible support of the community,” said Steve Hansen, Executive Director for the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Year after year, the community steps up to the call for blood donations which go toward helping to save lives. We are grateful for those who respond to the constant need for blood donations at such a critical time of the year.”
Special thanks go out to our media partners WLUK FOX 11, 105.7 WAPL, 95.9 KISS FM, 104.3 WHBY 103.5, 106.3 FM and 1150 AM for their support in our lifesaving mission.
With more individuals receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination booster, in most cases, vaccinated individuals can donate blood. Knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine received is important in determining blood donation eligibility.
Make an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
Save time during donation
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App. To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Health insights for donors
At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.
Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, 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 deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.