3 Easy Steps to Snap & Share Your Postagram

This holiday season, the American Red Cross has partnered with Postagram to give you a new and exciting way to send a free postcard to your loved ones about your blood donation.

1. Simply upload a picture of yourself giving blood or platelets now through January 6 at rcblood.org/holidaypostcard

2. Write a special message: Invite a loved one to follow in your footsteps and donate blood, or let smae_verticalomeone know you’ve donated blood or platelets in his or her honor.

3. We will deliver your personalized postcard to your friend or family member in the mail, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.

It’s a wonderful way to give something that means something.

Give it a try!

Appointments to donate can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Help Make a Difference During National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month and above all other times of the year, it is the month that presents the most challenges for blood collection. Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give.

This January is no exception with the local Red Cross in need of blood donations. First-time and regular donors are encouraged to make a difference in their communities by scheduling an appointment to give blood every January, and regularly thereafter. Remember, just one pint of blood can help save multiple lives.

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.

Join the World Champion Green Bay Packers and Be a Champion to Patients in Need!

The  World Champion Green Bay Packers are teaming up with the American Red Cross to support hospital patients in Wisconsin and across the country. The Packers are encouraging their fans to roll up their sleeves for the second time this year at the World Champion Green Bay Packers Blood Drive on November 8.

“We are very honored and excited to team up with the Green Bay Packers again heading into the holiday season, typically a challenging time to reach blood donors,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local American Red Cross Blood Services Region. “Community members can look forward to sharing the team’s success while helping meet the constant need for blood.”

World Champion Green Bay Packers Blood Drive

Tuesday, November 8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lambeau Field, Legends Club Level

All presenting donors will receive a special giveaway item and will be automatically entered to win Packers merchandise. The Red Cross hopes to welcome more than 250 blood donors throughout the day. Currently, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in. All blood types are needed now to help maintain a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

Not only can you give the gift of life with a blood donation, you can also send a holiday message to a service member. Those attending the World Champion Green Bay Packers Blood Drive will have the opportunity to sign preprinted holiday cards, donated by Miles Kimball’s, through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Holiday Mail for Heroes gives Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, many of whom will be far from home over the holidays, our nation’s veterans and their families.  To learn more about the program, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

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.

Be a Super Donor Days Lifesaver

24th Annual Super Donor Days Blood Drive

Scotty from Q90 FM

to help boost blood supply prior to July 4 weekend

No matter what your occupation or how you spend your time, you can be a lifesaver this summer by donating blood through the American Red Cross at the 24th Annual Super Donor Days Blood Drive. According to the Red Cross, holiday weekends like the Fourth of July can prove extra challenging for blood collection making this is a great time to donate.

Enjoy a day of great company, special entertainment and Glass Nickel Pizza while being a summer lifesaver for patients in need. The first 50 presenting donors each day will receive a gift, courtesy of Bellin Health.  Free childcare is available during your donation and there is free parking in front of Shopko Hall and on the east side of the Don Huston Center.

“Whether you’re home from school for the summer, or never donated before, come out to Super Donor Days and experience a Green Bay-area tradition,” said Dave Liethen, American Red Cross donor recruitment representative. “We’re hoping over 200 people come out to donate blood during the two-day event.”

Eligible blood donors are encouraged to visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) to make an appointment. Scheduling an appointment in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Wednesday, June 30-  1 PM to 7 PM

Thursday, July 1-   7 Am to 1 PM

Shopko Hall, Green Bay

Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. All presenting donors will receive a free shirt.

Red Cross driven to fill vital need, collect blood donations

Super Donor Days meant to increase supply before slow summer months

By MIKE HOEFT • mhoeft@greenbaypressgazette.com • April 6, 2010

Pam Mory collects blood Monday from Steve Wellens of De Pere during an American Red Cross blood drive at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in De Pere. (H. Marc Larson)

Blood donations often rise in response to crises such as the Haiti earthquake, but the need for blood remains constant throughout the year.

 “We saw a nice bump in donated blood after the Haiti earthquake,” said Dave Liethen of the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross blood services in Green Bay.

However, donations often fall during the summer when people are gone on vacation, he said.

“We’ll need as much blood today as we do on July 5 or Aug. 5. That’s why we try to create new opportunities about blood donation awareness, especially around Independence Day,” Liethen said.

The Red Cross promotes its Super Donor Days to spur donations right before the summer holiday, for example.

Blood can be moved around as needed at the regional level. When blizzards paralyzed the East Coast in February, the area’s blood supply was down 10,000 pints.

“So we helped transfer the needed blood there. The same thing would happen here if we had a tornado or flood,” he said.

The American Red Cross, which provides almost half of the nation’s blood supply, sponsors about three or four blood drives a week in the Green Bay area, and about two or three a day in the entire Northeastern Wisconsin region.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 220 S. Michigan St., De Pere, hosts a blood drive about every five weeks.

“Hopefully, when I need blood it will be there for me,” said Nancy Craig of De Pere, a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier, as she donated blood Monday.

Truck driver Jerry Perry of Ashwaubenon said he’s donated 34 pints over six years.

“Because of my schedule, there’s little I can do to give back to the community. So I do this,” Perry said after donating Monday.

Anyone older than 16 who is in good general health is encouraged to donate. People can donate red blood cells every 56 days. Students can earn community service hours by donating or volunteering.