Packers Aug. 30 blood drive provides 429 pints of blood
Green Bay, Wis. (Aug. 31, 2016) -- The American Red Cross is proud to announce that 429 pints of blood were collected Tuesday, during the Green Bay Packers blood drive at Lambeau Field, surpassing the goal to reach the milestone of 5,000 total pints since the drive’s inception.
Every day, people in Green Bay, in Wisconsin and across the country rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving healthcare. Cancer patients, accident victims, those undergoing surgery and those with chronic illnesses may need blood. The Red Cross is appreciative to blood donors who give selflessly and who significantly impact on the lives of others.
Thank you to our media sponsor NBC26 for their support in promoting this special blood drive. The Red Cross is grateful for the enthusiasm and support of the Green Bay Packers for rallying the Green Bay community to come together in support of the Red Cross and to touching thousands of lives and helping patients in need.
Donor Tawni Kobielak, a nurse from Green Bay, came to the Green Bay Packers blood drive at Lambeau Field on Tuesday and gave blood because she has a friend who was in an accident and needed 100 pints of blood. Tawni wanted to help give back because she sees the need for blood in the community and gave back to those in need, in honor of her friend who received the blood she needed because of the community’s donor generosity.
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 to obtain 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.
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.