Packers/Vikings Fan Challenge Blood Drives a Huge Success for Patients in Need

MADISON,Wis. – On Friday, November 19 the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings squared off in a competition to help patients in need by encouraging their fans to donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross.

The community response was overwhelming with 1,687 donations in Minnesota and Wisconsin in one day.

“Patients who rely on blood transfusions were the winners of this friendly competition,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Having the support of the Packers and Vikings helped raise awareness about the importance of blood donations.”

The Packers won on the field on Sunday, and Friday’s blood drive challenge was nearly a tie. In Wisconsin, donors gave five more blood and platelet donations, edging out Vikings fans.

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 generally in 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.

Vikings and Packers Take Rivalry Off the Field with Blood Drives on November 19

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Score a victory for patients in need and support your hometown team by donating blood with the American Red Cross

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are known for their rivalry on the football field. To kick-off their second showdown this season, they are encouraging their fans to also support patients in need by donating blood on Friday, November 19.

“The great part of this rivalry is that no matter which team triumphs on the field, patients in need are the ultimate winners,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local American Red Cross Blood Services Region. “By giving blood on November 19, donors can support their hometown team while helping to ensure a stable blood supply leading into the holidays.”

The Packers are offering their fans a special treat by hosting a second blood drive with the Red Cross this year. Fans in the Green Bay-area can donate for their team at the Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive.

Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive

Friday, November 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lambeau Field, Legends Club – 4th Floor

All presenting donors at the Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive will receive a Green Bay Packers pin and a Red Cross travel mug and can enter a raffle to win special Green Bay Packers merchandise.

All blood donations made through the American Red Cross on Friday, November 19 will count toward the total tally for the Green Bay Packers. The team that has the highest number of people turn out to donate earns extra bragging rights on and off the field.

“We encourage all Packers fans to participate in our friendly rivalry contest and donate blood,” said Mark Murphy, President/CEO of the Green Bay Packers. “Fans can help start off the big weekend with a victory during the blood drive, and carry the excitement through to Sunday.”

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule an appointment to donate on November 19. Scheduling appointments in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors.

How to Donate Blood

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 good general 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.