Recovery 2011 Blood Drive Sponsors Recognized by the American Red Cross

March 25, 2011

With more than 30,000 blood donations canceled because of severe winter weather across the country during January and part of February, the American Red Cross set out to recover those donations through the support of committed volunteer blood drive hosts and blood donors. The recovery period concluded March 5, and it is with great appreciation that the Red Cross recognized the following hosting organizations for their exceptional efforts in a USA Today advertisement on Thursday, March 17.

Wisconsin Wisconsin (continued) Michigan
Belleville Community Viroqua Community North Central High School, Powers
Hamilton High School, Sussex CUNA Mutual Group, Madison Stephenson High School
Crandon Community Fort McCoy, Madison  
Cross Plains Community Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Madison Iowa
Our Lady of Lourdes, De Pere Grant Wood Area Chapter, Madison Armstrong Ringsted High School
Elkhorn Community Pilgrim Congregational Church, Madison Coe College Dance Team, Cedar Rapids
Evansville Community Subzero, Madison Clear Lake Community
Fall River Community University of Wisconsin Business School Garnavillo Community
Howard Suamico, Green Bay University of Wisconsin Chadbourne Hall Gilbert High School
Hurley High School UW Clinical Laboratory Science Program Hudson High School
Kohler Co., Kohler University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Manchester Community
University of Wisconsin La Crosse US Bank, Madison Olin High School
Kwik Trip, La Crosse Marinette & Menominee Community Sheldon Community
Lakeside Lutheran High School Milwaukee Inst of Art & Design  
Lancaster Community Ronald Reagan High School, Milwaukee  
Blackwell Job Corps, Laona UW Milwaukee Dorms  
Lomira Community Mount Horeb Community  
BouMatic, Madison Westby Community  
Capital City Harley, Madison Waterloo High School  
Shepherd of the Hills, Pewaukee Maranatha BBC, Watertown  
University of Wisconsin Platteville Waunakee Community  
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Plover Waunakee High School  
Mueller Sports, Prairie Du Sac Rib Mountain Fire Department, Wausau  
Cardinal, Spring Green Wauzeka Steuben Schools  
Bay Port High School, Green Bay West Salem Community  
Tomah VA Hospital School Sisters of St Francis, Campbellsport  
Warrens Lions Club, Tomah Christopher Sauer Memorial Drive, Two Rivers  
Verona Public Library    

Thanks to these organizations and those who donated at the drives, as well as many other blood drive hosts and donors, the blood supply is currently sufficient. But the need for blood is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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.