The Need is Constant; Don’t Forget to Donate Blood This Holiday Season

Between the snow-covered roads and holiday festivities, it can be difficult to make time for blood donation that helps those in our area.

But as we all know, need does not take a break during the holidays. Take a look at the Green Bay donation center and local blood drive schedules so that you can make an appointment. If you don’t know when you will have time, print it now and carry it with you. When you find time to pop-in and help out a neighbor, you will know where to go.  By making an appointment to donate blood through the American Red Cross this holiday season, you not only give someone hope-  you help save lives too.

The Green Bay Blood Donation Center at 2131 Deckner Ave., is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 2 PM – 6 PM, Friday hours are from 9 AM to 1 PM and Saturday hours are 8 AM- Noon. The center will be closed December 25 and January 1, but special holiday hours include:

  • Wednesday, December 23 from 2 PM- 6 PM
  • Thursday, December 24 from 8 AM – Noon
  • Wednesday, December 30 from  2 PM- 6 PM
  • Thursday, December 31 from 8 AM- Noon

Donations will be collected at Pilgrim Congregational Church, at 991 Pilgrim Way, every Friday from 9 AM – 1 PM. With another opportunity to donate at the blood drive on Tuesday, December 22 between 9 AM and 3 PM.

ADDITIONAL BROWN COUNTY COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVES:

Date Location Address City Drive Time
Thursday, December 24, 2009 Howard Village Hall 2456 Glendale Ave Green Bay 7am – 1pm
Monday, December 28, 2009 National Guard Amory 800 N Military Green Bay Noon –  6:30pm
Monday, December 28, 2009 St Joseph Church Champion 5996 Cty Rd K New Franken 11am –  5pm
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 St Matthews Catholic Church 130 St Matthew St Green Bay 1:30pm –  6pm
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Our Lady of Lourdes Church 1307 Lourdes Ave De Pere 1:30pm –  5:30pm
Thursday, December 31, 2009 Denmark Our Savior Lutheran Church 435 Wisconsin Ave Denmark 10am –  2pm
Friday, January 08, 2010 American Legion Hall Pulaski 135 N Augustine Street Pulaski 11:30am –  5:30 pm

During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have helped save the lives of many. Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood.

24th Annual Holiday Blood Drive Honors Child Transplant Recipient

(November 4, 2009) – This year, the American Red Cross 24th Annual Holiday Blood Drive , honors Hayden Blatter, a blood and bone marrow recipient who was treated at the UW American Family Children’s Hospital. Hayden is now an active 2-year-old, due in part to dedicated blood donors. When Hayden was just 5 months old, he was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS), an autoimmune disease. The disease caused Hayden’s antibodies to attack his platelets, requiring him to receive frequent platelet transfusions. In addition, to reduce the risk of infections, he also received Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatments. IVIG is a product made of plasma.

Without a bone marrow transplant, WAS is potentially fatal. In 2008, Hayden received his stem cell transfusion and remained in isolation for nearly a year to reduce his risk for infection and allow his immune system to rebuild itself.

“We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas at our home since we couldn’t go out visiting,” said Kami Blatter. “People were actually afraid to be the one to bring in any sickness, so they didn’t visit.”

Hayden Blatter and his family will share Hayden’s story of survival and hope, and celebrate Hayden’s first Christmas out of isolation. By making an appointment to donate blood through the American Red Cross this holiday season, you not only give someone hope – you help save lives too.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Appointments are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome.

Holiday Blood Drives:

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way, on Tuesday, December 22 from 9 AM-3Pm

Howard Village Hall, 2456 Glendale Ave., on Thursday, December 24 from 7 AM- 1PM

Send a Touch of Home to Those Who Serve Our Country

 

Send a touch of home to the real heroes of America and their families! Holiday Mail for Heroes is back again!

For the third year in a row, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are working together to collect, sort and distribute holiday cards to service members, veterans and their families.

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will begin accepting cards on November 2, 2009. So get your pens and postage stamps ready and watch for the address in the coming weeks on RedCross.org.

All cards must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 7, 2009. Cards postmarked after December 7 will be returned to the sender. This deadline ensures enough time to sort and distribute cards before the holidays.

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

If you would like to begin working on your cards now, here are some quick guidelines to ensure your cards makes to a hero as quickly as possible:

Do…

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Make cards more meaningful to a wide variety of recipients by using “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran” rather than any more specific language. You are encouraged to send holiday-neutral cards rather than religious-themed cards. Note: Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
  • Limit the number of cards to 15 from any one person or 50 from any one school class, business or group. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

Do not…

  • Send letters. Only cards are being accepted.
  • Include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Include cards with excessive amounts of glitter. Because cards may be received by wounded service members and veterans in hospitals, large quantities of glitter could aggravate existing health problems.
  • Include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing