Step up to the Plate to Help Save Lives

July 26, 2010

MADISON, Wis. – This summer, the American Red Cross is asking baseball fans to step up to the plate and help save lives by donating blood at the second Madison Mallards blood drive on Thursday, July 29.

Madison Mallards Blood Drive

Thursday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walgreen’s Parking Lot, 6601 McKee Road

Meet Maynard G. Mallard at 11:45 a.m.!

“The community really stepped up to help patients at the first-ever Mallards blood drive earlier this month, donating more than 40 pints of blood,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Once again, we’re hoping that the community will go to bat for patients in need by donating blood.”

The first 35 presenting donors with an appointment will receive a voucher for a free bleacher seat at a single game during the Mallards 2010 regular season and a coupon good for a large one-topping pizza at Papa John’s. All presenting donors can enter a raffle to win a pair of Duck Blind ticket vouchers good for a game during the 2010 regular season.

You can hit a home run for patients in this community and around the country by making an appointment to donate blood. And through October, blood donors can register for a chance to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta through Red Cross Racing! Visit for more information.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) 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.