Be a Super Donor Days Lifesaver

24th Annual Super Donor Days Blood Drive

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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.

March is Red Cross Month

Each year the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” How did this tradition come about?

Since Clara Barton created the American Red Cross in 1881, it was largely dependent for publicity and funds on the spontaneous support of people who learned of catastrophic events and the Red Cross’s response to them. News of an event broke. The American Red Cross rushed to the scene with help. People around the country came forth with outpourings of volunteer assistance and donations of funds and supplies.

A change occurred in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. After declaring war, President Woodrow Wilson ordered the American Red Cross to raise funds to support its aid to the military and civilians affected by war, as Congress had mandated. In response, the Red Cross held its first national War Fund drive in June 1917 and set as its goal $100 million, an astoundingly large sum. The public response was immediate and overwhelming.

After the war, the Red Cross decided to make the Roll Call an annual membership and fund-raising drive. In addition, it conducted special appeals from time to time in response to major disasters.

In November 1941, with war in Europe, the Red Cross conducted a highly successful 25th Annual Roll Call. A few days later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. The American Red Cross responded immediately by declaring a War Fund campaign. By June 1942, it had raised more than $66 million.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the month of March 1943 as “Red Cross Month.” The Red Cross set a goal of $125 million, the largest amount ever requested in one campaign by any American organization. Again, the response was overwhelming. It took less than six weeks to reach the target. By June 1943, donations totaled nearly $146 million. Roosevelt called it “the greatest single crusade of mercy in all of history.”

“This success compelled the Red Cross to repeat the March drive during the remaining years of the war and to make it the occasion of its annual membership and fund-raising efforts ever since. As part of the tradition, the President customarily issues a proclamation each year declaring March as Red Cross Month.

This Red Cross Month, we are thanking our supporters and urging people in America to continue to be involved with their Red Cross. The Red Cross works tirelessly to be there with help and hope when people need it most, and we are grateful for the public support that enables us to continue our work, here at home and abroad.

Red Cross Month is a great time for people to get involved with the Red Cross by:

• Donating blood

• Signing up for a CPR, first aid or another Red Cross course

• Giving a financial gift that can really save the day when the next disaster strikes

• Getting involved as a volunteer

We’re proud of our history and appreciative of the volunteers, employees and supporters who have given time, blood or contributions to enable the Red Cross to perform its life-saving mission.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to http://www.redcross.org

Big Ten, Big Challenge

In keeping with a 100+ year tradition of competitiveness and passion to the goal of ensuring every individual has the opportunity to lead a Big life, all eleven Universities in the Big Ten Conference will participate in the American Red Cross Big Ten Challenge. From January 19 to February 19, the schools will compete against each other to see who can bring in the most blood donations. Their competitive efforts will work together to collect around 7,000 pints of life-saving blood. By raising awareness for the need for blood donation, this competition might have long-lasting effects in creating lifetime blood donors. Currently only 3 out of 10 Americans donate blood, but someone needs blood every minute of everyday. Remember you can live Big too, donate today.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visitgivebloodgivelife.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.

Show Thanks by Donating Blood and Get a Pie!

Green Bay, WI – As family and friends come together and celebrate their Thanksgiving traditions, the American Red Cross offers eligible blood donors another Thanksgiving celebration – gathering together and donating blood.

“The donation process takes about an hour, and offers families a chance to help patients in need,” said said Greg Novinska, CEO of American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “By donating blood with friends and family, you can increase your impact and help us maintain a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.”

When you donate blood through the Red Cross, you help provide the gift of life for patients in serious medical need. The gratification you’ll feel when you donate is instant. Make an appointment to donate blood with your friends and family today. Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. You can change a life, starting with your own.

Donate blood at one of these locations on these dates and receive a free pie.

American Red Cross- 2131 Deckner Ave

Monday, November 23 from 2 PM to 6 PM

Tuesday November 24 from 2 PM to 6 PM

Wednesday November 25 from 2 PM to 6 PM

St. Francis Xavier Parish- De Pere, Corner of Lewis and Wisconsin

Wednesday November 25 from 12:30 PM to PM

Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit our website at http://www.givebloodgivelife.org

Walk-ins Welcome!

Green Bay Press-Gazette Story on Teens Donating Blood for the Red Cross

Click Here To Read Full Story To find a blood drive near you www.givebloodgivelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE

 

Jean Goffard, right, and her daughter, Sarah Perrigoue, 17, give blood on Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in De Pere. Perrigoue, who was donating for the first time, is being tended to by phlebotomist Kelly Allport. M.P. King/Press-Gazette

Jean Goffard, right, and her daughter, Sarah Perrigoue, 17, give blood on Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in De Pere. Perrigoue, who was donating for the first time, is being tended to by phlebotomist Kelly Allport. M.P. King/Press-Gazette

Mark Your Calendar to Participate in the Largest Blood Drive in NE Wis.

Seenia Thao - Anika AbidThe American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s 23rd Annual Super Donor Days will be on July 1, 2009 from 1 pm to 7 pm and July 2, 2009 from 7 am to 1 pm at Shopko Hall in Green Bay, Wis. This year the Super Donor Days goal is 400 pints. “There are people who need blood each and every day so if people can bring a family member or a friend when they come to donate that would be great,” says Dave Liethen, Donor Recruitment Representative.

Liethen says the blood drive is held at this time of year to make sure there is enough blood available over the holiday.  It isn’t that that there is an increase of need but with people going on vacation and preparing for the holiday there is a drop in donations.The blood drive is very important to make sure we have blood on hand for those who are in accidents, have heart attacks, need it for cancer treatments and all others in our area whose lives are saved by blood donations.

The Red Cross will be doing its best to make it easy and fun for donors who make it to Super Donor Days. For the convenience of blood donors there will be free childcare and free parking across the street from Shopko Hall. Glass Nickel Pizza Company will be providing free pizza and Schwan’s will be offering free ice cream. There will be give-aways to the first 50 participants and lots of other fun stuff.

Walk-ins are always welcome but scheduling an appointment is appreciated. To make an appointment: log on to http://www.givebloodgivelife.org/ or by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543).Q90 FM DJ-Scotty

A lot of people donate because there is a need and they want to help out. “In today’s economy this is one way people can help out without opening up their purse or wallet,” says Liethen.