Recruit a Friend to Help Boost the Blood Supply American Red Cross encourages area residents to become advocates for blood donation

If you’re looking for ways to increase the impact of your blood donation, become an advocate for patients in need. Encourage your friends and family to become dedicated blood donors by sending an American Red Cross eCard, inviting them to donate with you, or coordinating a blood drive in your community or workplace.

 “You can help the American Red Cross increase the number of blood donors in the United States,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, so you can help us encourage those individuals to make blood donation part of their lifestyle.”Help maintain a stable blood supply by becoming a dedicated donor and encouraging others to give for the first time. Visit redcrossblood.org to send an eCard today. And through October, blood donors can register for a chance to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta through Red Cross Racing! Visit redcrossracing.com for more information.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

  • 10/25/2010: Green Bay Insurance Center Community Blood Drive – 9:00AM to 1:00PM, Brown County Library, Ground Level, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay
  • 10/26/2010: Iola Community Community Blood Drive – 12:00PM to 5:00PM, Community Fitness & Aquatic Center, Gym, Adjacent to HS, Iola
  • 10/28/2010: Pilsen Community Blood Drive – 12:00PM to 6:15PM, St Joseph St John Church, Lower Level, E860 Hwy 29, Luxemburg
  • 10/29/2010: YMCA Howard Community Blood Drive – :30AM to 4:30PM, YMCA Howard, Gym Overlook, 601 Cardinal Ln, Green Bay

Dates and locations of blood drives are subject to change.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.

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