American Red Cross Blood Donations Low in July as Temperatures Peak

 Just a few additional blood donors at remaining blood drives could boost supply

OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 24, 2012) – With extreme heat keeping some donors at home and severe storms forcing the cancellation of dozens of blood drives earlier in the month, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for donors of all blood types. If at least two additional donors give at each blood drive through the end of July – above what the American Red Cross already expects to collect – the blood supply would be sufficient to meet patient needs.

Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

“We cannot thank enough the blood donors who have already rolled up a sleeve this summer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the support from donors in Wisconsin, and we’re encouraging all eligible donors who didn’t have a chance to give yet to step up and help patients by making an appointment, as well as those who gave earlier in the spring and are now again eligible.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United   States needs blood. As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give this summer.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

7/27/2012, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Regional Red Cross Chapter Office, 515 S Washburn   St, Oshkosh

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 http://blog.redcross.org.

American Red Cross Honors Volunteers at Celebration of Support Event

Corporate Benefactor: Festival Foods – Nick Arlt, Public Relations Director. Pictured: Jody Weyers, Regional Volunteer Director, Nick Arlt, Kathryn Bracho & Barbara Behling, Communications Officer

The American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its volunteers June 12, 2012 with the Volunteer Recognition Banquet held at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. The event was sponsored by Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance. Two hundred and thirty-five volunteers attended the event. WBAY-TV anchor Action 2 News This Morning, Kathryn Bracho served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

The night began with welcoming words and an organizational update from Barbara Behling, Communications Officer. Following Behling was Greg Novinska, Region CEO, with an update on blood services.

One-a-Week Club Awards were presented to businesses and clubs who committed to at least 52 donations of blood per year, or one per week during the previous year, followed by dinner.

After dinner the Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented to individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer work.

Jack Davies, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year award for front-line volunteers with exceptional reliability to the blood program.

Humana, Business, Group or Organization of the Year, given to a business or group of volunteers for years of commitment to the American Red Cross Blood Services program.

Ken Frosch, Hilary Lesperance Award for outstanding support in the Blood Services Program.

Bryan Barbeau, Kerrie Forester Emergency Services Award for commitment and dedication to Disaster Services and members of the Disaster Response Team.

Bill Craig, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award, for outstanding work in transportation services for the American Red Cross and providing transportation for the elderly population and those with disabilities to help them sustain an independent lifestyle.

State Farm, The Outreach Award, for a volunteer or business in Preparedness, Health and Safety, Services to Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education or other areas that involve education and outreach.

Festival Foods, the Corporate Benefactor Award, for a business with outstanding commitment and dedication to the American Red Cross.

Michael Gallagher, the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award, presented to a member of the Board of Directors for exceptional contribution and advancement of the American Red Cross.

Clara Barton Award: Eric Witcak, Nicolet Bank with Kathryn Bracho, WBAY, Anchor

Dee Hansen, Behind-the-Scenes Award presented to a volunteer who assists with essential office work at one of our office locations in development, facilities, reception and other behind-the-scenes jobs.

Bea Wettstein and Sharon Bryfczynski, Rookies of the Year, presented to a volunteer for exceptional level of service and has started within the past year.

Mike Petrick, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

Eric Witczak, Clara Barton Award, the highest award of the night, presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of American Red Cross pioneer Clara Barton.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone for your time, blood and support of the American Red Cross.

Click HERE to see pictures of all the award recipients.

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Celebrate World Red Cross Day by Supporting Your Local Red Cross

Eligible individuals encouraged to donate blood!

For 130 years, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need, every day, in communities large and small across the United States.  May 8 is World Red Cross Day, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to celebrate by donating blood.

“The Red Cross relies on its volunteer blood donors to keep the nation’s blood supply stable,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.”

Each year, nearly 5 million people need blood transfusions.  Red Cross donors provide for 21,000 transfusions each day.

Blood is a perishable product.  Red Blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days.  Platelets last only 5 days.  Both must be replenished constantly.  There is no substitute. 

The Red Cross is the only blood collection agency that offers health and safety training, serves as the vital emergency communication link between military personnel and their families at home, teaches disaster preparedness, and responds to disasters of all types and sizes.  Join the Red Cross family and donate blood today.  call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

WAUPACA COUNTY

5/10/11 Noon – 5:30 pm St Peters Lutheran School 312 W Main Weyauwega

 BROWN COUNTY

         
         
5/9/11 6 am – 10 am St Vincent Hospital 835 Van Buren Green Bay
5/11/11 11 am – 5 pm Globe University 2620 Development Dr Green Bay
5/13/11 8:30 am – 1 pm Pilgrim Congregational Church 991 Pilgrim Way Green Bay

KEWAUNEE COUNTY

5/12/11 Noon – 6:15 pm St Joseph St John Church E860 Hwy 29 Luxemburg
5/14/11 8 am – Noon St. Louis School Hall St Louis Parish Center Dyckesville

DOOR COUNTY

5/11/11 9 am – 3 pm Door County Memorial Hospital 330 S 16th Pl Sturgeon Bay

WINNEBAGO COUNTY

         
5/9/11 11:45am – 6 pm Algoma United Methodist Church 1174 Algoma Blvd Oshkosh

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY

         
         
5/9/11 1 pm – 6 pm Anchor Lanes 230 North Lincoln St Elkhart Lake
5/12/11 11 am – 5 pm Chapter Svc Am Red Cross Sheboygan 2032 Erie Ave Sheboygan

 

Donating blood to save lives

March 28, 2011 – By LISA M. HOFFMANN, Staff Writer, The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN – March is Red Cross Month, and what better way to help the American Red Cross than to donate blood.

In the United States, nearly 5 million people need blood transfusions each year. By making an appointment to give blood this month, donators can help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients in the community and across the nation.

Bobbie Snethen, primary communications spokesperson for the Mid America Blood Services Division, said a first time donor will be given a donor manual and will then have to answer health history questions about their travel experience and any medications they’re taking.

The donor’s temperature, pulse, and blood pressure are then taken. An iron test, which is a prick of a needle on one of the donor’s fingers, is also administered.

If the donor’s iron levels are too low, the donor must wait 24 hours before testing.

They are then given a list of ways to incorporate iron-rich foods into their diet.

Some of those foods are spinach, bran cereal, fish, meat, eggs, and beans. A complete list can be found on the American Red Cross website.

If a donor is determined eligible to donate, they lie down a donor bed and choose the arm from which the blood will be drawn.

Staff then gauge the best vein and perform the blood draw.

“The actual donation time is 10 to 20 minutes,” Snethen said.

The Red Cross recommends those who wish to donate blood to make an appointment and allow one hour in their schedule.

After giving blood, donors go to the refreshment area for 15 minutes or so. This is to make sure they are feeling OK, and enjoy cookies and juice.

An Iron Mountain Blood Drive, sponsored by the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis Club, will be held on Tuesday, March 29. The blood drive will be at the First Presbyterian Church (fellowship hall), 395 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Local Red Cross members include, front row from left, Bernice Siegler, Faith Peterson and Dawn Comer. In back are Greg Honeywell, Mary Martinucci, Joe Testolin, John Wilson, Mike Petrick, Vic Seppi, and Bob Haglund. Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo

To donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

Snethen said that it is important to note that 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet 8 percent actually donate.

“We encourage all blood types at this time, especially O negative,” she said.

O negative is the type of blood in which anyone can receive.

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 identifications are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weight 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.

“The Red Cross relies on the support of the American public in order to provide all of the services we offer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger Hawkeye Region. “By giving blood, you support the Red Cross and help patients in your community and across the country.”

Residents can also donate to the earthquake relief efforts in Japan by visiting www.redcross.org.

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 ensures 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.

March was declared Red Cross Month in 1943, when President Roosevelt reminded the American public that the Red Cross is committed to providing blood and blood products, disaster assistance and emergency social services across the United States and internationally.

Lisa M. Hoffmann’s e-mail is lhoffmann@ironmountaindailynews.com.

Celebrate Diversity by Donating Blood

During Black History Month, the American Red Cross celebrates the significant contributions African-Americans make to helping the Red Cross maintain a diverse and stable blood supply for patients across the United States.  Today’s Red Cross blood program is the result of the efforts of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American blood specialist, surgeon, educator and scientist. In 1941, Dr. Drew became the first medical director of the first American Red Cross blood bank. His pioneering work in blood collection and transfusion laid the foundationfor modern blood banking.
 

“The Red Cross strives to maintain a blood supply as diverse as the U.S. population,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger Hawkeye Blood Services region. “While African-Americans comprise nearly 13 percent of the United States population, they represent less than 1 percent of blood donors.”

Help the Red Cross celebrate the contributions of Dr. Drew and make an appointment to donate blood in his honor. The blood you give today can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation.

Score a Victory for Patients in Need by Donating Blood

American Red Cross hosts special Badger Fans blood drive on December 27

Counting down the minutes until kick-off on New Year’s Day? Shorten the wait by donating blood at the American Red Cross Badger Fans Blood Drive on December 27.

Badger Fans Blood Drive

Monday, December 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings

2101 S. Oneida St., Green Bay

Giving blood only takes about an hour of your time, but can make a game-changing difference for patients in need. All presenting donors will receive a special Red Cross Badger fan t-shirt, while supplies last, and can enjoy free wings provided by Buffalo Wild Wings.

“Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can make it challenging to maintain a stable blood supply through the winter months,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “This blood drive is a great way for Madison-area residents to help patients in need while showing their support for the Badger football team.”

All blood types are currently needed, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

As a special thank you, all presenting blood and platelet donors in December will be entered into a daily raffle to win a $100 VISA gift card to help with post-holiday bills! Winners will be contacted after the promotions period ends. The raffle is available to presenting donors and/or residents within the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region between 12/1/2010 and 12/31/2010 (excluding 12/25/2010).

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, 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.

 

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

Media Contact: Sarah Barman, (608) 227-1273

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.

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