Super Donor Days 2013!

By Deb Mylener, Donor Recruitment Representative

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Julie Brunner donating in honor of her mom, Mary Brunner, because she can’t.

For the past 27 years, a special two-day blood drive has been held here in the Green Bay community to meet the patient needs before the 4th of July holiday.  This year, Super Donor Days was held on Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 at Shopko Hall.

Our goal this year was to collect 425 pints in two days, and we had more than 400 presenting donors with a grand total collection of 398 pints.  Although we fell slightly short of our goal for this event, over 1,190 patient lives may be saved! These donations will make a significant difference during the difficult summer months of blood collection.

Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers for another successful year of the Super Donor Days blood drive! More than 90 volunteers helped make this event possible and we could not have done this without the support from our cheerful, friendly and dedicated do-gooders.

THANK YOU!

To view pictures from the event click HERE.

Celebrate Summer with the American Red Cross

At least 425 blood donations needed at 27th Annual Super Donor Days scheduled just before Independence Day

 

Summer is a time for the days that never end. It’s time for diving in and grilling out. It’s time to share life and create memories and stories. These are the stories we live for, and this summer, they’re in season.

Create your own memories and help others create theirs by joining the American Red Cross at the 27th Annual Super Donor Days on July 2-3 at Shopko Hall, sponsored by WFRV-TV and WIXX-FM. All presenting donors can enjoy Glass Nickel pizza in the refreshment area, live entertainment courtesy of PMI Entertainment Group and a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Donors will also be automatically entered to win a $3,000 American Express gift card! Free childcare and parking are also available. Check out photos from last year’s event here!

27th Annual Super Donor Days blood drive

Tuesday, July 2 from 12 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shopko Hall, 1901 Oneida St., Green Bay, Wis.

“Super Donor Days is not your typical blood drive. It’s a party with a purpose and we hope community  members join us for a Green Bay-area tradition by lending an arm and donating blood this summer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We invite local residents to come spend an hour with us just before Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in Wisconsin and across the country.”

Each day the Red Cross needs 17,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country, and with schools out and families on vacations, it can be difficult to meet these needs during the summer months. The Badger-Hawkeye & N.E.W. Region strives to collect at least 425 pints at Shopko Hall July 2-3.

During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospital patients need. If at least two more donors gave blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer – above what’s expected – we would be better assured of having enough lifesaving blood products available for patients in need.
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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @NEWRedCross

Super Donor Days Volunteers needed!!

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Volunteers are needed for either Tuesday, July 2 or on Wednesday, July 3 for the two day Super Donor Days Blood Drive at Shopko Hall in Green Bay.

Tuesday, July 2   

  • 3:45pm – last donor passes through your area

Needed:  4 Donor room Aides

Wednesday, July 3 

  • 6:30am – 10:00am

Needed:  5 donor room aide and 2 refreshment

  • 9:45am – 1:30pm or last donor passes through your area

Needed:  9 donor room aides and 3 refreshment

Donor Room Aide – Work in the blood donation area wiping down the beds after each use, carry bins with blood bags to the MUA’s for processing, and escort donors to the canteen area

Canteen – Serve drinks and food to donors after their donation, monitor donors for post donation reactions

To sign up email Mary at mary.brunner@redcross.org or call 920-227-4240. Provide your first and last name, phone number, day, and shift time you would prefer to work.                                              

Volunteers Needed: Super Donor Days Blood Drive

The Super Donor Days blood drive will be taking place Monday, July 2 & Tuesday, July 3 at Shopko Hall, 1901 South Oneida Street, Green Bay.

We are looking for volunteers to help support this event. This is a good opportunity for teens, families to volunteer together, seniors or anyone!

Monday, July 2 ~ Shopko Hall

Donor Room Aide: Work in the blood donation area wiping down the beds after each use, carry bins with blood bags to the MUA’s for processing, and escort donors to the canteen area~

Time: 11:45am-4:00pm or 3:45pm-7:00pm or (or until the last donors pass through the area)

Canteen: Serve drinks and food to donors after their donation, monitor donors for post donation reactions

Time: 11:45am-4:00pm

Child Care Table: Supervise young children while their parent is donating

Time: 3:45pm-7:00pm (or until the last child passes through your area)

Blood Drop Costume: Wear blood drop costume and walk around outside along Lombardi & Oneida Street

Time: 11:45am-4:00pm or 3:45pm-7:00pm

Tuesday, July 3 ~ Shopko Hall

Donor Room Aide: Work in the blood donation area wiping down the beds after each use, carry bins with blood bags to the MUA’s for processing, and escort donors to the canteen area~

Time: 6:15am-10:00am or 9:45am-1:00pm (or until last donor passes through the area)    

Canteen: Serve drinks and food to donors after their donation, monitor donors for post donation reactions

Time: 6:15am-10:00am & 9:45am-1:00pm (or until last donor passes through the area)

Child Care Table: Supervise young children while their parent is donating

Time: 9:45am-1pm (or until last donor passes through the area)

Blood Drop Costume: Wear blood drop costume and walk around outside along Lombardi & Oneida Street

Time: 6:15am – 10:00am & 9:45am 1:00pm

To Register:

Call or e-mail: Mary Brunner at 920-227-4240 or mary.brunner@redcross.org

Other Instructions:

Attire: To have a consistent look and to identify the volunteers to the donor, please wear either black or tan pants/skirt/capris or shorts and a white shirt/blouse.

Check-in: Shopko Hall front entrance inside to the right as you enter.  15 minutes before the scheduled shift.

Volunteer Check in – Inside Shopko Hall – Once you get checked in you will be directed to the Team Supervisor for specific job instructions.

Food/Snacks: You will be provided food/snacks & beverages during your break.  If you would like to bring something to share feel free to do so.

If you have a specific area you would like to volunteer in please let me know.  We will try to accommodate your need.

Red Cross holds Super Donor Days

Written by Kelcie C. McCrae Green Bay Press Gazette 

425 pints of blood collected at 2-day event

Registered nurse Lorrie John preps Joan Braekman before she donates blood. Braekman is a regular donor who has given more than 10 gallons of blood over the years. / Kelcie C. McCrae/Press-Gazette

Laure Cisler didn’t go to the 25th annual Super Donor Days just to donate blood.

She wanted to say thanks.

“I don’t know who the donors were when I received the blood 18 years ago,” Cisler said. “But I like to think they know who they are if they were here 18 years ago, I’d just like to thank them.”

The annual blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross was held Thursday and Friday at Shopko Hall. Each year, coordinators try to collect enough blood to last through the Fourth of July weekend.

“Blood is needed each and every day,” said Dave Liethen, donor recruitment representative for the Badger Hawkeye Region of the American Red Cross. “Just because it’s the Fourth of July doesn’t mean that everybody is cured of cancer, people aren’t having heart attacks, or people aren’t getting in accidents and needing blood.”

It is because of annual blood drives similar to Super Donor Days that Cisler says she is alive.

“I was really lucky they held this event when I needed the blood,” she said. “You don’t know what tomorrow holds, whether it’s for you or a loved one, and there’s nothing that can replace that blood, so it’s necessary.”

Cisler’s life changed 18 years ago shortly after the Fourth of July.

Five weeks after she delivered her daughter Courtney, now 18, Cisler began to hemorrhage. She lost half the blood in her body, resulting in the need for donated blood. Now a healthy mother, Cisler, as well as her daughter, have become advocates for the American Red Cross and events that promote blood donations.

“It’s just nice to see all the people here willing to help people like my mom,” Courtney Cisler said. “They don’t know if it’s going to be someone that they know that they are going to be helping, and an hour of their time can give someone the rest of the rest of their life.”

According to Liethen, summer months trigger problems for blood donation centers. Many people are consumed with vacation time and leisure activities, which leaves donation centers dry.

Just like groceries, blood has an expiration date. Because it spoils quickly, they are trying to make sure they have enough clean and useable blood to supply those who need it.

A goal was set of 390 pints of blood to help serve throughout this holiday weekend. At the end the event, they received 425 pints of blood.

“This is the best two-day event since 2007,” said Liethen. “We’re really happy with the pints, it means that people who need it will receive it.”

Given their excitement on exceeding their goal, Liethen stressed that there still is a need for blood and encourages everyone to continue to stay informed on when and where a blood drive will be held.

“We need to make sure we have enough blood on hand,” Liethen said. “It might be something as simple as a trip to the grocery store, or a bite to eat and suddenly you get into an accident and find yourself on the receiving end.”

— kmccrae@greenbaypressgazette .com and follow her on Twitter @PGKelcieMcCrae.

 

American Red Cross Super Donor Days in Green Bay set for June 30, July 1

Public encouraged to give blood

Written by: Kelcie C. McCrae, kmccrae@greenbaypressgazette.com  Green Bay Press Gazette

As plans for vacations, cookouts and fireworks displays take shape, the American Red Cross wants people to remember to donate blood in the summer.

The American Red Cross in Green Bay will host the 25th annual Super Donor Days blood drive June 30 and July 1.

“Experience a Green Bay area tradition and help boost the blood supply before heading out this holiday weekend,” Dave Liethen, American Red Cross donor recruitment representative said in a written statement. “We’re hoping more than 500 people come out to donate blood during the two-day event.”

Donors at Shopko Hall in Ashwaubenon will be able to enjoy music and refreshments as they give blood. Free child care and free parking in the area will be available.

“We like to make sure that the donors coming in that give their time and blood are having a good experience,” said Jody Weyers, volunteer and communications director for the Red Cross chapter. “We rely on hundreds of volunteers to come out and help support us.”

To Donate:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org. Appointments prefered, walk-ins welcome.

  

Blood drives are like Christmas.

Youth Blogger: Hannah B.

Canteen area at this year's Super Donor Days!

This is the conclusion I’ve reached following a rewarding three hour shift of volunteering for the Red Cross’s “Super Donor Day” blood drive. It’s just as logical as Mike Myers’s infamous simile: “Ogres are like onions.” But for those who don’t see where I’m going with this, please allow me go into deeper detail for you.

First off, the obvious. Blood drives help aid those in need of additional blood by building up the supply of blood available for transfusions. These would be those people receiving gifts on Christmas. Patients receiving transplants, surgeries, cancer patients, premature babies, burn victims, and people with blood disorders are among those whom receive the blood transfusions. This means an immense amount of blood is needed. But what shocked me the most was that out of the 38% of the population eligible to donate, only 8% actually do so. Point blank, this needs to change.

The satisfied feeling a person obtains when they see a friend or family member unwrap a gift that he or she picked out and seeing their face light up can easily be compared to the after-feeling of giving blood. Blood donors and blood drive volunteers compare to those giving the gifts on Christmas. It’s difficult to imagine the holiday season without these people. In fact, it’s impossible. As is a blood drive without these essential citizens. Although there are requirements for height, weight, and age to donate, all volunteers are accepted. Many workers were overjoyed to have the amount of volunteers that showed up for the Super Donor Days. However, one observation disappointed me. There we five teenagers (including myself) volunteering that Thursday, and to my knowledge there was even less the previous day. It’s truly an experience that more than five of us should have. The staff more than insisted we take breaks–they made us take breaks. When we entered the “behind the scenes” area in the back there was an unbelievable amount of food—just for us volunteers! Donuts, juice, fruit, bagels, cookies, were just waiting for us to pile on our plate and pizza was on the way by noon. It’s true, we weren’t exactly worked to the bone. But with that said, helping out wasn’t any less rewarding.

At blood drives there’s an unexpected variety of volunteering offered. The majority of teenagers at the drive were musicians who played for approximately one hour shifts as donors gave blood. There are also donor aids, the most outgoing volunteers, who chat with the donors as they give blood to keep their nerves in check. Volunteers at the canteen do similar tasks; however, they not only chat with donors but distribute food (A perk to donating—they had Culvers custard and pizza!). Finally, many volunteers are needed for miscellaneous tasks such as handing out t-shirts—the station I was placed at after managing to escape the task of dressing up in the red blood drop costume to flag in donors (A perfect off-season task for those who enjoy being Santa’s elves at the mall during Christmas time. Or those merely seeking that kind of attention.)So who is up for a little bit of Christmas in August? Visit www.redcrossblood.org now to learn where to donate or volunteer at a blood drive near you.