Otero One of the 20 Women To Know

We are proud of Red Cross Staffer Michelle Otero honored in You Magazine 2012 Twenty Women to Know Issue!!!

Michelle Otero, bilingual donor recruitment supervisor, American Red Cross

“You’ve got to want it” – no words could be truer about life accomplishment. At 31, Otero has followed those wise words of her father through various challenges, including studying abroad in Spain, dabbling in politics on Capitol Hill and now in her role at the American Red Cross. “My mom and dad were never afraid to take chances, and jumped at new experiences,” she stated.

“Working in donor recruitment for the American Red Cross is like nothing I have ever done before,” she said. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that through this line of work we really do help to save lives, and it’s so great to be able to provide opportunities for people to get involved.”

The death of her father a few years ago served as the impetus for her new motto in life: “Do your best every day and live with no regrets.”

Give the Gift of Life at the Green Bay Botanical Garden

Presenting blood donors offered complimentary ticket to the Garden of Lights

The American Red Cross and the Green Bay Botanical Garden are teaming up to give community members the opportunity to help save lives and experience the magic of the holiday season. All presenting donors at the Green Bay Botanical blood drive will receive a complimentary ticket for the 15th Annual WPS Garden of Lights.

Green Bay Botanical Garden Blood Drive

Wednesday, December 7 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donald & Patricia Schneider Educational Center

2600   Larsen Rd, Green Bay

All presenting donors will receive a free adult ticket to

the Garden of Lights (walking tour only), while supplies last

Walk-ins welcome

“This is a great opportunity to thank our dedicated donors and give them the opportunity to take part in a 15-year-old winter tradition,” said Michelle Otero, donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross. “We’re encouraging others to discover the true meaning of savings this holiday season by giving the perfect gift – a potentially lifesaving blood donation.”

The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays. Inclement weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans can impact a donor’s availability in the winter, often times reducing blood and platelet supplies for patients in need. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

This December, the gift of a blood or platelet donation can make an even greater difference. In honor of all December blood and platelet donors, a financial contribution will be made to the American Red Cross annual holiday giving program. Gifts to the annual holiday giving program provide comfort items such as blankets or emergency shelter for disaster victims, comfort items for wounded soldiers, and preventative childhood vaccinations. To learn more about the holiday giving program, visit redcross.org/gifts.

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, theAmerican Red Crossis the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout theUnited 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 betweenU.S.military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Packers Training Camp Blood Drive a Success

More than 250 loyal donors show up to support the Red Cross, 238 pints of blood donated

On Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23, the American Red Cross and the Green Bay Packers teamed up for the 2011 Packers Training Camp Blood Drive. The community response was outstanding with 238 pints of blood donated through the Red Cross during the two-day event held at Lambeau Field. We also want to thank the 68 volunteers who showed their support by giving of their time to help at the two-day event.

“We are extremely thankful to the loyal Packers fans who stepped up to help save lives these past two days,” said Michelle Otero, American Red Cross donor recruitment representative. “The blood collected on Monday and Tuesday could potentially help save up to 714 lives.”

The Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to donate at upcoming area blood drives to help ensure sufficient blood supplies before and after the Labor Day holiday weekend. From August 29 through September 7, all presenting blood and platelet donors will be automatically entered to win a $500 gas card. All blood types are needed to help maintain a stable blood supply, and there is a special need for types O negative, B negative and A negative.

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.

Congratulations Betty Bonfigt; WPS Blood Drive Coordinator

(l-r) Sonja Juric, Donor Recruitment Supervisor and Michelle Otero, Bilingual Donor Recruitment Representative presenting Betty a plaque for her years of service.

On Friday, October 8th the American Red Cross had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin Public Service retirement party for Betty Bonfigt.  Betty was the recipient of the American Red Cross Service Award for her 15 years of dedicated service to blood services.  She has been committed to organizing and coordinating the blood drives and One-A-Week club at Wisconsin Public Service since 1995. She has had a tremendous impact on donors, patients, and the community.  The American Red Cross wishes Betty the very best in her retirement and will always welcome her back for more volunteering opportunities.