January is National Blood Donor Month

Photographer: John Meinke, Red Cross Volunteer

Photographer: John Meinke, Red Cross Volunteer

Make a resolution you can keep in 2016! Become a regular blood or platelet donor with the American Red Cross. January is National Blood Donor Month, which makes it the perfect time to schedule your first appointment of the new year.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. Severe winter weather may result in canceled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can cause donors to be temporarily unable to give.

The Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors of all types to maintain a sufficient supply. Eligible donors with types O, B negative and A negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

Make your commitment to help save lives in the new year by using the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule your appointment.

You Still Have Time to #ChooseYourDay and Donate Blood!

By: Patty Flowers, CEO of Wisconsin American Red Cross

As summer begins to wind down, consider making time to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross. #ChooseYourDay to help save lives and make an appointment this Labor Day weekend. All presenting donors who give blood between September 5-7 will receive a limited-edition t-shirt, while supplies last! Patty’s story shows how you can make a difference in the lives of hospital patients and their families with this free and lifesaving gift.

“You want me in the delivery room with you?” I exclaimed!  Of course, it took me just two seconds to say ‘yes’ to my daughter when she was getting ready to deliver her first child at age 39. This little boy was our miracle baby as she had been told she most likely would never be able to become pregnant. As I’ve heard so many times before, once the stress of getting pregnant goes away, often a little one joins us. True for our family and I was so honored to be asked to be a part of this miracle that was unfolding before us.

On July 22, 2015, I was sitting with her at the registration desk at the hospital and then back in the labor and delivery department when the nurse asked if she would accept blood transfusions if needed. The question actually took me off guard because I hadn’t thought of her actually needing blood, but I blurted out “is it Red Cross blood”?  The nurse looked at me as if she’d never been asked that question before and then said “I’ve never been asked that before”. My daughter threw me a look like really Mom?, but she tolerated me asking. The nurse had to check to see who this hospital’s blood supplier was and when she came back in our room to tell me that indeed it would be Red Cross blood, I was very satisfied. Why?  Well, I know the rigorous testing and regulations that have to be followed by blood collections and I know how safe Red Cross blood is. Sitting in that hospital with my daughter, knowing she was in very good hands and that she had Red Cross blood waiting in case she needed it was quite comforting to me.

FullSizeRender (5)Michael Robert joined us at 1:06 PM on July 23, 2015 with a full head of black hair. Of course I think he’s the cutest, best baby, and I know I’m biased, but he really is! His delivery was not an easy one but my daughter never did need any blood. I am so grateful for the donors who had given those pints of blood that were waiting for her in case she needed it – it means as much to me as if she had been transfused.

I donate blood as often as I can through one of our Red Cross blood drives and I hope you will too. Knowing that one pint of my blood can save up to three lives is a very powerful reason to make me take the hour I need to plan for a donation, but now I equate it to that moment when my daughter might have needed someone else’s blood to help her. It’s personal, it’s powerful, and we need more people to decide that it’s an easy way to help someone else. Please consider donating your blood and we make it so easy to do it! Go to www.redcrossblood.org and find a drive near you or even simpler, download the Red Cross Blood app on your smart phone and you can register for a drive even faster.

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The American Red Cross Releases the Blood App

You Hold the Power to Save Lives

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The American Red Cross is happy to introduce a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. Through the app, users can schedule appointments, track total donations, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The Blood Donor App is a great new way to help meet the constant need for blood.

The app has many exciting features including:

  • Find local blood drives and donation centers quickly and easily;
  • Convenient, easy appointment scheduling and rescheduling;
  • Receive appointment reminders;
  • Keep track of total blood donations;
  • Receive special blood shortage alert messages;
  • Claim rewards from participating retailers for donating blood or platelets;
  • Join or create a lifesaving team, recruit other blood donors and view rankings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
  • Rate the blood donation experience;
  • Follow the user’s blood donation journey from donation through delivery, when available.

This new and exciting app is free and available for download on iPhone® and Android™ devices.

Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross

Help maintain a diverse blood supply to meet the needs of all patients

 

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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.

To help increase donations during the month of September, those who come out to donate blood or platelets throughout the month will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Brown County

  • Sept. 2 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 2 from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at Bellin Hospital, 744 S. Webster in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 3 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, 437 Main St. in Wrightstown, Wis.
  • Sept. 4 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 5 from 12-5 p.m. at Odd Fellows Building, 1144 Radisson St. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 8 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 8 from 12-5 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 333 Hilltop Road in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2335 S. Webster Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 11 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Wisconsin Green Bay Student Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Sept. 15 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.

Kewaunee County

  • Sept. 15 from 1-6 p.m. at St John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Road in Luxemburg, Wis.

Marinette County

  • Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Tree Mall, 2800 Roosevelt Road in Marinette, Wis.

Oconto County

  • Sept. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 206 N. Burk in Suring, Wis.

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.

 

What’s your resolution?

photo 2It’s a new year. Time for putting the past behind and looking forward to the future. Time for resolutions. This year set a resolution you can keep.

Resolve to give something that means something. Make it your goal to give blood or platelets just one more time than you did last year. This small commitment of time could help save the lives of multiple people and you’ll get a tremendous feeling of gratification from doing more for patients in need.

The average blood donor gives less than two times each year. If everyone increased their donations by one, it would have a huge impact on our blood supply.

Happy New Year!!!

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month.

This January, we celebrate our loyal blood and platelet donors during National Blood Donor Month. We couldn’t carry out our lifesaving mission without you.

More than 21,000 times each day, someone receives blood products from an AmericanRed Cross donor. Your donations are greatly needed and can help save lives.

While you will likely never know the lives you touch when you donate, be proud of your amazing efforts and know they are truly appreciated!

For more information or to find a blood drive near you go to: http://www.redcrossblood.org/

Kingsford, MI Blood Drive December 18

The American Red Cross is very proud to be able to feature and honor Mr. Maynard Buehler.  Maynard has given 14 gallons of blood so far and could have helped up to 42 people with his donations.  Every day, patients across the nation rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross.  The blood you donate could be used to help cancer patients, accident victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and many others.

Please consider giving a priceless gift this holiday season; the gift of life.

The need is constant, the gratification is instant…give blood.

The next American Red Cross blood drive will be Tuesday, December 18th from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, Michigan.

You can make a reservation by calling Greg Honeywell at 906-828-9207, 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Or simply visit the blood drive on December 18th and donate.

The American Red Cross is also pleased to have Catie Schultz, the new owner at Michael’s Fine Jewelry sponsoring the blood drive.

Lambeau Field blood drive collects 328 pints

Written b Charles Davis  Press-Gazette

Sarah Kerbel, with her 5 month old son, Efrem.

Sarah Kerbel has never donated blood but is thankful others did.

That’s because during her first pregnancy she developed HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening condition that impacts pregnant women, usually during the third trimester. Kerbel required two units of platelets after her son was born eight weeks premature on June 17.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not grateful for the people that have donated,” the De Pere mom said Wednesday while holding her son Efrem, who will be five months old this weekend. “I’m obviously thankful for my family and life; and because of someone donating, I’m here to celebrate a Thanksgiving.”

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood, Kerbel attended an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday at the Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave. People who receive a blood transfusion must wait a year to donate, so Kerbel plans to donate blood for the first time next summer when she is medically cleared.

The blood drive lasted 12 hours and saw 328 pints of blood donated. Organizers had hoped to receive at least 350 pints of blood.

Last month’s Superstorm Sandy killed more than 110 people and caused the cancellation of 380 blood drives across the East Coast, which resulted in a shortage  of nearly 13,000 units of blood and platelets, said Bobbi Snethen, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region, which includes Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and eastern Iowa.

The greatest need is for O negative blood — which any patient can receive — followed by A and B negative blood types. O and A positive are the most common blood types, Snethen said.

The American Red Cross holds two blood drives at Lambeau Field each year, she said. This is the fourth year the Red Cross has partnered with the Green Bay Packers, and the event was held at the Legends Club Level.

In addition to donating blood, some people at Lambeau Field signed cards as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The cards will be shipped to active duty soldiers and veterans for the holiday season.

cedavis@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @pgcharlesdavis.

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Second Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge

The American Red Cross is proud to partner with the Wisconsin Lions in serving our communities. To help meet the ongoing need for blood, we invite Lions to participate in an exciting statewide challenge.

This summer, Wisconsin Lions members, along with their friends and family, are encouraged to take part in the Second Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge by donating blood or platelets or volunteering their time with the Red Cross beginning June 1 through August 31, 2012.

Each participant is responsible for reporting donations or volunteerism with the secretary of his or her local Lions, Lioness or Leos Club. The top-performing Wisconsin Lions Districts and Clubs will be recognized for their lifesaving efforts, and all challenge participants will receive a commemorative Red Cross pin!

As part of the Live Life. Give Life. summer promotion, those who present to donate blood or platelets during the Second Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge will also be entered to win a $5,000 prize certificate redeemable at GiftCertificates.com.