Packers/Vikings Fan Challenge Blood Drives a Huge Success for Patients in Need

MADISON,Wis. – On Friday, November 19 the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings squared off in a competition to help patients in need by encouraging their fans to donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross.

The community response was overwhelming with 1,687 donations in Minnesota and Wisconsin in one day.

“Patients who rely on blood transfusions were the winners of this friendly competition,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Having the support of the Packers and Vikings helped raise awareness about the importance of blood donations.”

The Packers won on the field on Sunday, and Friday’s blood drive challenge was nearly a tie. In Wisconsin, donors gave five more blood and platelet donations, edging out Vikings fans.

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 generally in 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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