Giving Back, Again and Again

November 2, 2010

MADISON, Wis. – The holiday season is just around the corner and many people are looking for ways to help others in need.  Operation Christmas Child is not only helping children by providing families in need with gift-filled shoeboxes, but is also working with the American Red Cross, K-LOVE and DKMS to help patients in need with a special blood and bone marrow drive on November 20.

Operation Christmas Child

Blood and Bone Marrow Drive

Saturday, November 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church

N48 W31385 Hill Rd (Hwy 83), Hartland

At the Operation Christmas Child Blood and Bone Marrow Drive, area residents can help save lives in two different ways - by donating blood or registering as a bone marrow donor with DKMS, the world largest bone marrow donor center. All presenting donors will receive a free apple pie, courtesy of Delafield Pick ‘n Save, and a holiday ornament.

“This is a great opportunity for people to help patients in need and get a pie to bring to their family gatherings,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local American Red Cross Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are critical to patient care, especially at this time of year when blood donations can drop while donors are busy with holiday activities.”

By donating blood or registering to be a bone marrow donor, eligible individuals can give patients in need the opportunity to spend another holiday with their family and friends.

“DKMS is extremely happy to team up with the American Red Cross in the effort to save lives,” said Annette von der Muehlen, Director of Donor Recruitment at DKMS.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, visit or call 1-800-353-5949.

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 good general 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. 

How to Register as a Bone Marrow Donor

Registering to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life. You must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health. When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP) and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. The cost to DKMS for registering a new potential bone marrow donor is $65. DKMS does not receive government funding and is therefore dependant on donations from the general public.

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.