MADISON, Wis. (Oct. 11, 2022) – Join the American Red Cross at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Homecoming Blood Drive Oct. 18-20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Nick, 797 W. Dayton St.
Blood donors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits.
Donating blood with the Red Cross is a simple act of kindness you can do in about an hour. Show your Badger pride, help someone in need and feel good doing it. All participating donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, and a $5 e-gift card by e-mail to a merchant of choice. Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/boo.
Those who have not given recently or those who might have never donated before are encouraged to schedule an appointment
Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead.
“UW-Madison students, alumni, and staff have done an incredible job coordinating this blood drive and it helps ensure that the blood supply remains stable here in Madison,” said Kyle Kriegl, Executive Director for the Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We’re asking all Bucky fans and alumni to show their school spirit by rolling up a sleeve to help patients in need.”
Special thanks go out to the UW-Madison Homecoming Committee and the Red Cross Club of UW-Madison for sponsoring this blood drive and helping to save lives. Over the three days, this blood drive is expected to collect 450 lifesaving donations.
Don’t wait. People across the country depend on the generosity of blood donors. Make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 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 have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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 nonprofit 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