Join a lifesaving tradition by giving blood at the 27th Annual Madison Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 24

December 18, 2012

MADISON, Wis. - Since 1986, more than 18,400 pints of blood have been donated at the Madison Holiday Blood Drive to support patients in Wisconsin and across the country. During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to support its mission by giving something meaningful -- giving hope to those in need by donating blood at the 27th annual lifesaving event.

Monday, Dec. 24 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, Wis.
Sponsored by WKOW-TV and 96.3 Star Country

All presenting donors will receive a complimentary t-shirt and can enter for a chance to win raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Attendees can enjoy local music, a variety of refreshments and complimentary childcare and parking. Community members are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Cash donations to Second Harvest will also be accepted.  

Something meaningful like a blood donation is a gift that doesn’t cost a thing but can give joy and hope to a hospital patient in need. Every day, regardless of the date on the calendar, the Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood for patients. The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday by making an appointment to donate.

“Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for those in need,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful this holiday season. Please add making a blood donation to your holiday to-do list.”

Discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season by donating blood. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O negative blood.  

The Red Cross depends on donations of time, money and blood to provide hope, help and compassion every day. During the holidays and throughout the year, the Red Cross is hard at work in the community, whether collecting blood, providing disaster services, conducting health and safety training or connecting a member of the armed forces to home in times of need. The 2012 American Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign runs through the end of the year. Visit to learn more.

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

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 join our blog at