American Red Cross and Toys for Tots partnering at select UW-Madison blood drives in December

November 23, 2010

MADISON, Wis. – Skip the bargain shopping this holiday season and give the perfect gift to patients in need by donating blood at American Red Cross blood drives with the University of Wisconsin – Madison during the month of December. Donating blood helps save lives and the only cost is an hour of your time. To a hospital patient in need, time is everything – time to laugh, time to live and time to love.

This year, the Red Cross and Toys for Tots are partnering to help patients in need and area children have a happy holiday season. For every presenting donor at the following blood drives, one toy item will be donated to the Toys for Tots program

Toys for Tots Blood Drives

UW-Madison Chadbourne Hall Blood Drive

Thursday, December 2 from noon to 6 p.m.

YoungBlood Blood Drive

Friday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel

UW-Madison Elizabeth Waters Hall Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 7 from noon to 6 p.m.

UW-Madison HELP Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Red Gym

UW-Madison Campus Holiday Blood Drive

Thursday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gordon Commons

YoungBlood Blood Drive

Friday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel

As a special thank you, all presenting blood donors in December will be entered into a daily raffle to win one of thirty $100 VISA gift cards to help you with your post-holiday bills!

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Scheduling appointments in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors.

How to Donate Blood

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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.