The Green Bay Packers have a long history of giving back to the community and for the 12th year they are hosting The Green Bay Packers Community Blood Drive on Nov. 30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lambeau Field – Legend’s Club, 1265 Lombardi Avenue. Suggested entry gates are the American Family Insurance or Oneida Nation Gates. Free parking will be available.
“The relationship between the Packers and the Red Cross is a team effort to excite fans and energize the community about the opportunity to donate”, said Mark Murphy, president and chief executive officer of the Green Bay Packers. “ We are proud to welcome fans and members of the community to Lambeau Field so they can join us to help impact many lives. Thank you to the donors, whether you’ve donated once or at each of our blood drives over the years. Every donation makes a difference.”
Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday plans and travel. The support of the community on Nov. 30 will help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims and surgery patients have the blood products they need.
All participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes and be invited to participate in the Holiday for Heroes program. Holiday cards of thanks will be created and later distributed to local military facilities, Veteran’s homes and hospitals, military support groups and shipped to armed forces serving abroad.
“The Red Cross is grateful to the Green Bay Packers and all their dedicated fans for donating more than 5,000 pints of blood over the years,” said Michelle Otero, district manager for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We also thank NBC26 for promoting this event as the official broadcast station of the Packers”
The need for blood is constant. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 14,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients in Wisconsin and across the country. Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org entering sponsor code “PACKERS” 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.