Join the Red Cross July 25 at the Milwaukee Public Museum
The American Red Cross encourages Milwaukee area residents to help give hope to hospital patients in need this summer by donating blood Tuesday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee.
All presenting donors will receive free same-day museum general admission and a $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.
Holly Gruchich, from West Allis, understands how blood donations can impact a life. Recently, after undergoing lung surgery, having a portion of her lung removed and overcoming internal bleeding complications she received nearly six pints of blood.
If it wasn’t for blood donations I would not be able to hug my daughter every day,” said Gruchich. “I am so grateful to those generous donors who give of themselves so I can continue to provide love to my family.”
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is 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.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.