American Red Cross Hosts 26th Annual Madison Holiday Blood Drive

December 7, 2011

The American Red Cross is encouraging Madison-area residents to think outside the box this holiday season and give the priceless gift of life. Hospital patients in Madison and across the country will benefit from those who roll up their sleeves and donate blood at the 26th Annual American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive on Friday, December 23 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center.

“The annual Holiday Blood Drive has become a lifesaving tradition. For 25 years, generous community members have stepped up for patients in need by giving blood during the busy holiday season,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “When you donate blood, you can give someone an opportunity to spend another holiday with their loved ones.”

26th Annual Holiday Blood Drive

Friday, December 23 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alliant Energy Center, Exhibition Hall

1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, Wis.

Sponsored by WKOW-TV & 96.3 Star Country

All presenting donors will receive a t-shirt and can enter for a chance to win great raffle prizes at the 26th Annual Holiday Blood Drive. Blood donors can also bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Cash donations to Second Harvest will also be accepted.

More than 16,000 pints of blood have been donated through the Red Cross at the Holiday Blood Drive since its beginning in 1986. This year, the Red Cross hopes more than 600 people will come out to donate blood and help ensure a sufficient supply into the New Year.

This December, the gift of a blood or platelet donation can make an even greater difference. In honor of all December blood and platelet donors, a financial contribution will be made to the American Red Cross annual holiday giving program. Gifts to the annual holiday giving program provide comfort items such as blankets or emergency shelter for disaster victims, comfort items for wounded soldiers, and preventative childhood vaccinations. To learn more about the holiday giving program, visit

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 who are also busy running last minute errands or heading out of town to visit family and friends.

Donors unable to make the Holiday Blood Drive will have more opportunities to donate blood from December 27 through December 29 at the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Walk-ins are welcome.

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.