3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. 

  1. Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.
  2. Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.
  3. Give – The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.  

Patients like Anna Schuster might not be here without generous volunteer blood donors. Doctors gave Schuster a 1 percent chance of survival after a collision with a semitrailer. During the first 12 hours after her accident, she received 65 units of blood. Schuster’s road to recovery has been long – 58 surgeries in the 12 years since her accident, including four in the past 14 months, with many of them requiring more blood transfusions.

Every day there are thousands of patients like Schuster who rely on lifesaving blood donations. That’s why donors are urged to give now and give often.

In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply. 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). Donors can make an even greater impact by inviting others to join them in giving.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

WI

Brown

Green Bay

6/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

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

6/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., East High School, 1415 E Walnut

6/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oneida Family Fitness, 2640 West Point Rd

6/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., West High School, 966 Shawano Ave

6/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

6/16/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

6/17/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

6/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

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

6/22/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Notre Dame Academy, 610 Maryhill Drive

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

6/23/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

6/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

6/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

6/27/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Green Bay Community Church, 600 Cardinal Lane

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

6/29/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., St Matthews Catholic Church, 130 St Matthew St

6/29/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 9677, 3323 Kewaunee Rd

6/29/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

6/30/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

7/1/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

7/3/2017: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m., Shopko Hall, 1901 Oneida St

7/3/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Shopko Hall, 1901 Oneida St

7/5/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

7/6/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

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

7/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

7/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

7/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

7/11/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 825 Morris Ave

7/11/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2335 S Webster Ave

7/11/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

7/12/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2470 W Mason St

7/13/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

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

7/15/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

 

New Franken

6/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St Joseph Church, 5996 Cty Rd K

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Calumet

Chilton

6/12/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Eagles Club Chilton, 1041 Chestnut

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Door

Sturgeon Bay

6/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 W Maple

6/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 W Maple

7/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., YMCA Door County, 1900 Michigan St

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Kewaunee

Kewaunee

6/21/2017: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1000 Wisconsin Ave

Luxemburg

6/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Rd

7/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St Pauls Lutheran Church and School, N4118 Cty Rd AB

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Manitowoc

Manitowoc

6/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 2426 North Rapids Road

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Oconto

Lena

6/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lena WI High School, 304 E Main Street

Oconto Falls

6/22/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 165 N Farm Rd

Townsend

6/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Townsend Town Hall, Hwy 32

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Outagamie

Appleton

7/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Radisson Hotel Paper Valley, 333 W College Ave

Kimberly

6/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 738 Ford St

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Shawano

Shawano

6/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Shawano High School, 220 Cty Hwy B

6/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N Main St

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Winnebago

Menasha

6/27/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 746 Third St

Omro

7/10/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Omro Community Center, 130 W Larrabee St

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 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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