Give blood and help save lives this spring

Published Monday, April 3, 2017

Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

While donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood, type O, A negative and B negative donors are urged to give Power Reds if they meet the additional eligibility criteria. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Similarly, type O positive can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donations help ensure a stable supply of these critical blood types.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and Power Red donations may be made every 112 days, up to three times per year.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

WI

Brown

De Pere

4/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Festival Foods, 1001 Main Ave

 

Green Bay

4/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/5/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 9677, 3323 Kewaunee Rd

4/6/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oneida Family Fitness, 2640 West Point Rd

4/7/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

4/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/10/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., SS Edward & Isidore Parish, 3667 Flintville Rd

4/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Univ of WI Green Bay Student Union, 2430 Campus Court

4/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/14/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

4/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/17/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/21/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

4/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., YMCA, YMCA, 601 Cardinal Ln

4/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/24/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Resurrection Church, 333 Hilltop Rd

4/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/26/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bay Port High School, 2710 Lineville Rd

4/27/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 825 Morris Ave

4/27/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Green Bay Community Church, 600 Cardinal Lane

4/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/28/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

4/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

4/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Clarity Care-Home Care, 2649 Manitowoc Road

5/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

5/2/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

5/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

5/5/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

5/6/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

 

New Franken

4/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St Joseph Church, 5996 Cty Rd K

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Calumet

New Holstein

4/17/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., New Holstein Community Center, 1725 Silvermoon Ln

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Door

Sister Bay

5/2/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2622 S Bayshore Dr

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Kewaunee

Luxemburg

4/3/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Luxemburg Casco High School, 512 Center Drive

4/25/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Pilsen Church, E860 Hwy 29

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Manitowoc

Manitowoc

4/4/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11303 Wehausen Rd

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Menominee

Keshena

5/1/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Menominee Indian High School, N500 State Hwy 47/55

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Oconto

Lena

5/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lena WI High School, 304 E Main Street

 

Oconto Falls

4/12/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Oconto Falls High School, 210 N Farm Rd

4/20/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 165 N Farm Rd

 

Townsend

4/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Townsend Town Hall, Hwy 32

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Outagamie

Kimberly

4/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 738 Ford St

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Shawano

Bonduel

4/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 240 E Green Bay St

 

Bowler

4/21/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Bowler High School, 500 S Almon

 

Shawano

4/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of Latter-day Saints Shawano, 910 E Zingler Ave

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Winnebago

Menasha

4/4/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 746 Third St

 

Oshkosh

4/10/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Algoma United Methodist Church, 1174 Algoma Blvd

5/5/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Univ of WI Oshkosh Rec & Wellness Ctr, 735 Pearl Ave

  

How to help

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact Carly Burson (608) 298-6194 or visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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