Celebrate Summer with the American Red Cross

At least 425 blood donations needed at 27th Annual Super Donor Days scheduled just before Independence Day


Summer is a time for the days that never end. It’s time for diving in and grilling out. It’s time to share life and create memories and stories. These are the stories we live for, and this summer, they’re in season.

Create your own memories and help others create theirs by joining the American Red Cross at the 27th Annual Super Donor Days on July 2-3 at Shopko Hall, sponsored by WFRV-TV and WIXX-FM. All presenting donors can enjoy Glass Nickel pizza in the refreshment area, live entertainment courtesy of PMI Entertainment Group and a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Donors will also be automatically entered to win a $3,000 American Express gift card! Free childcare and parking are also available. Check out photos from last year’s event here!

27th Annual Super Donor Days blood drive

Tuesday, July 2 from 12 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shopko Hall, 1901 Oneida St., Green Bay, Wis.

“Super Donor Days is not your typical blood drive. It’s a party with a purpose and we hope community  members join us for a Green Bay-area tradition by lending an arm and donating blood this summer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We invite local residents to come spend an hour with us just before Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in Wisconsin and across the country.”

Each day the Red Cross needs 17,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country, and with schools out and families on vacations, it can be difficult to meet these needs during the summer months. The Badger-Hawkeye & N.E.W. Region strives to collect at least 425 pints at Shopko Hall July 2-3.

During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospital patients need. If at least two more donors gave blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer – above what’s expected – we would be better assured of having enough lifesaving blood products available for patients in need.
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 consent 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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @NEWRedCross

The Perfect Gift

When you donate blood through the American Red Cross, you give the perfect gift – another hug, another laugh, another smile, another chance – to someone in need of blood.

Ask a cancer survivor or a trauma victim to describe the perfect gift, and many would tell you it doesn’t come in a box or wrapped in a bow. It’s a lifesaving blood donation. Blood products are often needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint-replacement surgeries, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia, cancer treatments and much more. Since there is no substitute for human blood, these patients rely on volunteer blood donors to provide the blood products they need to survive.

Think outside the box this holiday season. The perfect gift can be given at your nearest Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center. And, unlike the latest fashion trend, video game or golf club, the perfect gift costs nothing but an hour of your time.

For more information or to find a donation opportunity near you, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Super Donor Days in Green Bay set for June 30, July 1

Public encouraged to give blood

Written by: Kelcie C. McCrae, kmccrae@greenbaypressgazette.com  Green Bay Press Gazette

As plans for vacations, cookouts and fireworks displays take shape, the American Red Cross wants people to remember to donate blood in the summer.

The American Red Cross in Green Bay will host the 25th annual Super Donor Days blood drive June 30 and July 1.

“Experience a Green Bay area tradition and help boost the blood supply before heading out this holiday weekend,” Dave Liethen, American Red Cross donor recruitment representative said in a written statement. “We’re hoping more than 500 people come out to donate blood during the two-day event.”

Donors at Shopko Hall in Ashwaubenon will be able to enjoy music and refreshments as they give blood. Free child care and free parking in the area will be available.

“We like to make sure that the donors coming in that give their time and blood are having a good experience,” said Jody Weyers, volunteer and communications director for the Red Cross chapter. “We rely on hundreds of volunteers to come out and help support us.”

To Donate:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org. Appointments prefered, walk-ins welcome.