Thank you, donors, volunteers, and sponsors for contributing to lifesaving mission
Green Bay, Wis. ) — March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is inviting the Fond Du Lac community to be part of its lifesaving mission by giving blood. To help ensure patients continue to receive the blood products they need, the Red Cross is partnering with the Fond Du Lac Community on Mar. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to host a blood drive at the American Legion, 500 Fond Du Lac Avenue, in Fond Du Lac.
For more than 70 years, March has been designated as Red Cross Month, a time to recognize the everyday heroes of the Red Cross who help save lives by donating blood.For more than 70 years, March has been designated as Red Cross Month, a time to recognize the everyday heroes of the Red Cross who help save lives by donating blood.
Every eight weeks the Fond Du Lac community sponsors a Red Cross blood drive. In 2016, nearly 673 pints of blood were collected and 2017 is off to a great start hitting a record collection of 124 pints at the January blood drive. It is through the efforts of a committed team that eligible blood and platelet donors continue to keep the shelves restocked.
Gratitude goes out to many including, Nancy Hammock, blood drive coordinator, all her volunteers, the American Legion, and the Women’s Service League for providing food and beverages. It is through the dedication of many people giving their selfless time and efforts which contribute to the continued success of each blood drive.
“The Red Cross is grateful to the Fond Du Lac community for supporting patients by donating lifesaving blood,” said Amanda Frank, donor recruitment account manager for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Blood drive after blood drive event generous donors, volunteers, and sponsors roll up a sleeve and give the gift of life. Their efforts are very much appreciated.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.