GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 4, 2018) — To help patients continue to receive the blood products they need, the American Red Cross is partnering with WLUK FOX 11, and 95.9 KISS-FM to host the Green Bay Winter Holiday Blood Drive Dec. 24 from 7 a.m. to noon at St. John the Baptist School, 2561 Glendale Ave., in Green Bay and Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashwaubenon Community Center, 900 Anderson Drive in Ashwaubenon. All participating donors can help save lives and receive a free Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
The community is invited to give the perfect gift, make new memories with family and friends and help support a holiday tradition by helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission to provide blood products to hospital patients in need.
“We would never be able to host such successful drives without the incredible support of the community,” said Laura McGuire, external Communications manager for the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “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.”
The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood donations. Many donors are busy with holiday activities, and inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives. Additionally, some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses.
Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged 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.
How to donate blood
Simply download the 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 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.