GREEN BAY, Wis. (Oct. 12, 2021) — 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. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 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 2 and 3 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 two-day blood drive has a goal to collect 375 lifesaving donations.
Donors will also 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.
Right now, the Red Cross has an emergency blood shortage. Blood donor turnout has reached the lowest levels of the year as many delayed giving amid a return to the workplace and in-person learning and a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead to overcome this current shortage.
With more and more individuals receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, in most cases, vaccinated individuals can donate blood. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they receive is important in determining blood donation eligibility.
“Volunteer donors are the unsung heroes for patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,” said Steve Hansen, Executive Director for the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. “If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give, please schedule an appointment. You never know when you or a loved one will
be the one in need. I encourage anyone who is able to donate to take an hour out of their day and give back.”
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).
Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
Save time during donation
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App. To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Health insights for donors
At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.
Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
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 not-for-profit 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.