American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors Now
Super Donor Days blood drive to help boost blood supply prior to July 4th
GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 25, 2012) – The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.
The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give blood at the 26th Annual Super Donor Days Blood Drive held on July 2 and 3 at Shopko Hall. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.
26th Annual Super Donor Days Blood Drive
Monday, July 2 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shopko Hall, 1901 Oneida St., Green Bay
An unseasonably early start to spring may be a contributing factor to this year’s decrease in donations. Many regular donors got an early start on summer activities and aren’t taking time to give blood. In addition, this year’s mid-week Independence Day holiday has reduced the number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives. Many sponsors, especially businesses, are unable to host drives because employees are taking extended vacations.
To thank those who generously make time to give blood at Super Donor Days, the Red Cross is offering all presenting donors a complimentary t-shirt along (while supplies last) with a chance to win great prizes including a $200 prize package redeemable at GiftCertificates.com. The first 50 presenting donors on each day will receive a first-aid kit, courtesy of Bellin Health. All attendees can also enjoy special live entertainment and Glass Nickel pizza in the refreshment area. Complimentary childcare is available as well as free parking in front of Shopko Hall.
“Experience a Green Bay-area tradition and get involved this summer by giving the gift of life at Super Donor Days,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region, serving Wisconsin, Eastern Iowa and Upper Michigan. “We need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met. Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life.”
The Red Cross would also like to thank WFRV-TV, Bellin Health, Glass Nickel Pizza Co. and PMI Entertainment Group for sponsoring this year’s lifesaving event.
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.
Media Contact: Bobbi Snethen, (608) 298-6071, @RedCrossBloodBH redcrossblood.org
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