MADISON, Wis. (Aug 19, 2021) – Join the American Red Cross at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Kick Off Blood Drive Sept. 7 to Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Nick, 797 W. Dayton St. Blood donors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment.
All participating donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and an exclusive 16-ounce Red Cross campfire mug while supplies last. Donors who come to give in September will also receive a free haircut coupon by email from Sport Clips Haircuts.
Tackle the need for blood and start the semester off right. The need for blood doesn’t take a time out. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to kick off the fall season by giving blood to address the ongoing critical need for blood products. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now.
With more and more individuals receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, in most cases, vaccinated individuals can donate blood and platelets. 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 Kyle Kriegl, Executive Director for the Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. “If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give, please schedule an appointment to give now. You never know when you or a loved one will be the one in need. I urge anyone who is able to donate to take an hour out of their day and give back.”
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 13,000 blood and more than 2,600 platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
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. 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.
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.