GREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct.12, 2022) — The American Red Cross encourages the community to tackle the need and donate blood at the Green Bay Packers Give Back Community Blood Drive Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lambeau Field in the Johnsonville Tailgate Village, located in the east parking lot outside the Oneida Nation Gate.
Free parking will be available in lots 3 and 4 off Lombardi Avenue. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be taken as space allows.
Donating blood with the Red Cross is a simple act of kindness you can do in about an hour. Show your Packers pride, help someone in need and feel good doing it.
All presenting donors can enter into a raffle for a chance to win great prizes from the Packers and receive a free giveaway item, while supplies last. This one-day blood drive has a goal to collect 330 lifesaving donations.
Donors will also be invited to participate in the Cards for Holiday 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.
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. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead.
“The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood donations,” said Steve Hansen, Executive Director for the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. “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. “If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give, please schedule an appointment. I encourage anyone who is able to donate to take an hour out of their day and give back.”
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.