Give the Gift of Life at the Green Bay Botanical Garden

December 1, 2011

The American Red Cross and the Green Bay Botanical Garden are teaming up to give community members the opportunity to help save lives and experience the magic of the holiday season. All presenting donors at the Green Bay Botanical blood drive will receive a complimentary ticket for the 15th Annual WPS Garden of Lights, while supplies last.

Green Bay Botanical Garden Blood Drive

Wednesday, December 7 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donald & Patricia Schneider Educational Center

2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI

“This is a great opportunity to thank our dedicated donors and give them the opportunity to take part in a Green Bay winter tradition,” said Michelle Otero, donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross. “We’re encouraging others to discover the true meaning of savings this holiday season by giving the perfect gift – a potentially lifesaving blood donation.”

The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays. Inclement weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans can impact a donor’s availability in the winter, often times reducing blood and platelet supplies for patients in need. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

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

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission 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. 

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.