Give the gift of life at Young Blood Holiday Drive

November 21, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 21, 2013) — The holiday season is almost in full swing, with schedules soon to be full of festive activities and plans with family and friends. But for patients who require lifesaving blood transfusions, the holidays can be a difficult time.

To help ensure patients have the blood products they need this winter, the American Red Cross, Badger Sports Properties and University of Wisconsin student organizations Business Badgers and Beyond and Sales and Executive Leadership will host the Young Blood Holiday Drive on Dec. 5 at Grainger Hall and on Dec. 6 at Union South. All presenting donors will be entered into a raffle to win four tickets to a UW men’s basketball game.

Young Blood Holiday Drive
Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave. in Madison
Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St. in Madison
Sponsored by Badger Sports Properties and University of Wisconsin student organizations Business Badgers and Beyond and Sales and Executive Leadership

“The Young Blood Holiday Drive comes at a crucial time of the year for patients in need of blood and platelets,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood. By rolling up a sleeve, donors are giving hospital patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with loved ones.”

The Red Cross is holding its annual “Give Something that Means Something” winter campaign, which runs through Jan. 6. Eligible donors are urged to give something meaningful during the holidays by donating blood or platelets. Blood donors are also encouraged to invite loved ones to follow in their footsteps and make a donation. Visit to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard.

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 consent 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
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.