Score a Victory for Patients in Need by Donating Blood

American Red Cross hosts special Badger Fans blood drive on December 27

Counting down the minutes until kick-off on New Year’s Day? Shorten the wait by donating blood at the American Red Cross Badger Fans Blood Drive on December 27.

Badger Fans Blood Drive

Monday, December 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings

2101 S. Oneida St., Green Bay

Giving blood only takes about an hour of your time, but can make a game-changing difference for patients in need. All presenting donors will receive a special Red Cross Badger fan t-shirt, while supplies last, and can enjoy free wings provided by Buffalo Wild Wings.

“Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can make it challenging to maintain a stable blood supply through the winter months,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “This blood drive is a great way for Madison-area residents to help patients in need while showing their support for the Badger football team.”

All blood types are currently needed, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

As a special thank you, all presenting blood and platelet donors in December will be entered into a daily raffle to win a $100 VISA gift card to help with post-holiday bills! Winners will be contacted after the promotions period ends. The raffle is available to presenting donors and/or residents within the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region between 12/1/2010 and 12/31/2010 (excluding 12/25/2010).

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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