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Today is World Blood Donor Day, a day to thank our volunteers and donors for their generous donations of blood and blood products. Blood will always be a need and a gift of life. Get your Nexcare special bandages when you donate blood at your local Red Cross center.

We hope your weekend is as Happy as Dracula volunteering at a blood drive!

American Red Cross, Nexcare Bandages and actress Soleil Moon Frye team up for World Blood Donor Day

Soleil Moom FryeThe American Red Cross, in partnership with Nexcare Bandages and actress Soleil Moon Frye, announces the fifth annual Nexcare give program to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

This nationwide program will raise awareness about the importance of year-round blood donation and encourage people across the country to roll up a sleeve. Nexcare Brand will give away limited-edition bandages inspired by the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – each adorned with the word “give” to demonstrate that giving blood is always in season. The special bandages will be distributed at Red Cross donor centers and blood drives starting June 10, and continue through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

From summer flip-flops and winter snowflakes to fall foliage and spring flowers, the Nexcare give bandages will give Red Cross blood donors a chance to show their dedication by ensuring a sufficient blood supply is available for patients year-round.

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 @RedCross.

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World Blood Donor Day- Celebrating the Gift of Blood

Giving blood is timeless. With no substitute for human blood, those in need rely on the kindness of volunteer donors. To raise awareness and inspire action about this cause, Nexcare Bandages, in partnership with the Red Cross and supermodel Niki Taylor, announce the fourth annual Nexcare give program. This nationwide initiative shines a light on the World Health Organization’s World Blood Donor Day on June 14 by thanking those who give blood and encouraging others to get involved.

World Blood Donor Day is a day set aside to celebrate those who donate blood and help save lives without expecting anything in return. It is also a day to raise awareness about how a safe and stable supply of blood products is vital for hospitals and patients.

The theme this year is “Every blood donor is a hero” and focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving life saving blood. While recognizing the silent and unsung heroes who help save lives every day through their blood donations, the theme also strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

For more information about World Blood Donor Day, visit wbdd.org.

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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

Green Bay Blood Donors Help Save Lives Every Day

 Written by Kelcie C. McCrae

 World Blood Donor Day honors those who give while asking for more

Nearly 3,000 people around the world owe George Gantz and Bob Heiser thanks.

Dave Liethen, Donor Recruitment, (right) with George Gantz

For more than 50 years, this duo has donated roughly 125 gallons of blood and platelets combined at the American Red Cross in Green Bay. Each gallon could save as many as 23 lives, according to calculations by the Red Cross.

“It makes me feel good that I can be out there helping people and saving lives,” Heiser said. “I’m just doing my part for humanity.”

Today is World Blood Donor Day, which is aimed at honoring people who donate blood to help save lives. It also helps raise awareness about the importance of a stable supply of blood products for hospitals and patients, as well as to encourage more people to donate regularly.

World Blood Donor Day began in 2004 as an effort to promote voluntary blood donation.

“It’s a worldwide thing,” said Bobbi Snethen, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross. “But it really hits home when people donate locally.”

The Red Cross is especially thankful for donors like Gantz and Heiser, who give platelets. Platelets are an irregularly shaped body found in blood. They have a sticky surface that helps form clots to stop bleeding. People undergoing chemotherapy, organ and bone marrow transplants as well as victims of traumatic injuries have a weakened immune system, making them more likely to receive this type of donation.

Gantz and Heiser “encompass the spirit in what we do. We wouldn’t survive without guys like these,” Snethen said.

Heiser, 61, is a former employee of the Red Cross, an active volunteer at the center on Thursdays, and he is blind.

“Even though I don’t have vision, it doesn’t affect an area of volunteering that I really enjoy doing,” Heiser said. “It’s one of the best resources that we can give back to humanity.”

Bob answering phones at the front desk.

In 1975, when Heiser began working at the Red Cross in the transportation department, his boss made it clear that he would be giving blood.

Gantz, 73, had a similar demand from his employer in 1957 when he worked for Red Owl foods, a grocery store chain in the Green Bay area.

“There is such a need for it,” Gantz said. “Everybody knows someone with cancer or someone who has died from it. They need platelets, and I give it to them.”

Every other week, Gantz and Heiser travel together to the blood donation center in Green Bay to take part in their routine.

“They’re amazing gentleman,” said Jody Weyers, volunteer and communications director for the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross. “They’re outgoing, and times when they may be going through personal things, you would never know that because they’re willing to give, and are very upbeat.”

Gantz doesn’t expect to change his routine.

“As long as the good Lord gives me the health, I’m gonna keep giving,” he said.

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

 

Celebrate World Blood Donor Day by Giving Blood

June 14, 2011 is World Blood Donor Day – a day set aside to celebrate those who donate blood to help save lives without expecting anything in return. It is also a day to raise awareness about how a safe and stable supply of blood products is vital for hospitals and patients.

This year, World Blood Donor Day is focused on the need for more people all over the world to help save lives by volunteering to donate blood regularly. The slogan “More blood. More life.” was chosen to reinforce the important contribution that people everywhere can make by donating blood.

The American Red Cross reminds people that a safe and secure supply of blood products are universal necessities. Blood can be used for trauma victims, surgery and transplant patients, premature babies, when there are complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for cancer or other diseases.  For more information about World Blood Donor Day, visit wbdd.org.

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.