MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Dec. 4, 2018) — The American Red Cross is partnering with Milwaukee Radio Alliance and invites community members to help save lives by giving blood at the seventh annual Day of Donations Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.
Donors will receive a prize bag with a pair of Milwaukee Admiral tickets, a Marcus Movie Pass, a Fast Track $10 off an oil change gift card, a coupon for a pint of Cedar Crest Ice Cream, a 5% off gift card from Renewal by Andersen, a coupon from Sail Loft, and a coupon booklet of Prairie Farms savings, whiles supplies last. Stop by and visit for your chance to enter a drawing for an overnight stay at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and an overnight stay plus waterpark passes at Blue Harbor Resort. Offers and items are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Items are available while supplies last.
All blood donors can park for free in the parking structure attached to the casino.
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.
“We are very excited about this blood drive again this holiday season,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager for the Red Cross Badger Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We know how important it is to keep blood inventory levels up and the best way for us to help is by partnering with great organizations. We are inviting everyone to make giving blood one of their special holiday gifts this year.”
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, 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.
Blood donors of all types are needed. 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 American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter code: WNWO 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.