GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 5, 2019) – The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all types to give now to help prevent a summer blood shortage. During the summer months, blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand. That’s why the American Red Cross is teaming up WBAY-TV and WIXX at the 33rd annual Super Donor Day Blood Drive Tuesday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, July 3 from 6 a.m. to noon at Tundra Lodge Resort, 865 Lombardi Ave., in Green Bay.
All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, $10 Visa gift card (via email) and a grill-out courtesy of Suburban Propane. All while supplies last.
“When not enough people donate blood, hospital shelves may be empty when a critical patient requires blood,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager with the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Imagine if someone you love needed a blood type that was missing from hospital shelves. More blood donors are needed now to help fill those gaps. Blood donations of all types are needed and acquiring new donors helps to keep the blood supply at stable levels.”
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross is urging individuals to help ensure blood is never missing from hospital shelves by donating blood or platelets through the Missing Types campaign. Despite blood’s lifesaving role, only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood each year. The goal of Missing Types is to inspire new and current blood donors to give this summer and help fill the missing types.
Blood donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. But, the need for blood remains constant.
“We are so grateful for community partners like the Tundra Lodge Resort to help raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood, especially during the challenging summer months,” said Michelle Goodwill, district manager donor recruitment for the Red Cross. “Their support will go a long way in helping the community understand the constant need for blood.”
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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
How to donate blood
Simply download the 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 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.