Flu season may impact Red Cross blood supply

Healthy donors needed to give now

The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and a potentially severe flu season on the blood supply.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts a serious spread of flu this year and is already reporting an early spike in cases in several states. When seasonal illnesses increase, the number of healthy donors tends to decrease, leaving the Red Cross blood supply vulnerable to a potential shortage over the holidays.

Paired with busy holiday schedules, seasonal illnesses may make it harder to collect the blood hospital patients require this winter. Donors − especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets − can help bolster the blood supply now by making an appointment to give in the coming weeks.

There is no waiting period to donate blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot. Schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Learn more about flu safety and prevention at redcross.org/flusafety.

As a thank-you, the Red Cross is offering several opportunities to donors this month:
• All who come to give Nov. 1-22 will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. Details are available at rcblood.org/perks.
• Those who come to give over the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 23-27, will get a Red Cross knit beanie, while supplies last.
• All who come out to help Nov. 28-Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. Details are available at rcblood.org/together.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 7-Dec. 9:

Wisconsin

Brown
De Pere
11/23/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., St Francis Xavier, 220 S Michigan St
11/25/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Glenmore Community Center, Glenmore Community Center, 5718 Dickinson Rd
12/1/2022: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes, 1307 Lourdes Ave
12/6/2022: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., St Norbert College Michel’s Commons, 405 3rd St

Green Bay
11/7/2022: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Green Bay Packers, Johnsonville Tailgate Village, 1265 Lombardi Avenue
11/7/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/7/2022: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Green Bay Packers, Johnsonville Tailgate Village, 1265 Lombardi Avenue
11/8/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/8/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2335 S Webster Ave
11/9/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ferguson Family YMCA Downtown, 235 N Jefferson St
11/9/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/10/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tundra Lodge, Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center, 865 Lombardi Ave
11/11/2022: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 3195 S. Ridge Rd.
11/11/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/12/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/13/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/14/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/15/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/16/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Broadview YMCA Allouez, 380 Broadview Drive
11/16/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 825 Morris Ave
11/16/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 2040 Airport Dr.
11/16/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/17/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kress Center, 2358 Leon Bond Drive
11/18/2022: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 3195 S. Ridge Rd.
11/18/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/19/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/20/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/21/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/21/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., SS Edward & Isidore Parish, 3667 Flintville Rd
11/22/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/23/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/25/2022: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 3195 S. Ridge Rd.
11/25/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/26/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/27/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/28/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/29/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W Mason Street
11/29/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
11/29/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Prince of Peace Church, 3425 Willow Rd
11/30/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., YMCA Howard, 601 Cardinal Ln
11/30/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/2/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/2/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Automobile Gallery and Event Center, 400 S. Adams St.
12/3/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/4/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/5/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/6/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/7/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Delta Air Lines GRB, 2077 Airport Dr.
12/7/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave
12/9/2022: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 3195 S. Ridge Rd.
12/9/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

Greenleaf
12/6/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Morrison Town Hall, 3792 Park Road

Pulaski
11/23/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Assumption BVM Church, 124 E Pulaski St

Suamico
11/18/2022: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Idlewild Park Pavilion, 1500 Cotton Drive

Wrightstown
11/14/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, American Legion, 924 Main St.

Calumet
Chilton
11/17/2022: 8:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Calumet County Courthouse, 206 Court St

Door
Sturgeon Bay
11/11/2022: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 W Maple St.

Fond du Lac
Brandon
11/15/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bethel Reformed Church, 305 W Main St

Fond du Lac
11/9/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St Mary’s Springs High School, 255 Cty Rd K
11/15/2022: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Fond du Lac High School, 801 Campus Dr
11/21/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thrive Church, 79 E 2nd St
11/22/2022: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., American Legion, 500 Fond du Lac Ave
11/22/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 500 Fond du Lac Ave
11/25/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA, 90 W 2nd St

Oakfield
12/2/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Oakfield Community Center, 130 N Main St

Ripon
11/10/2022: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Ripon High School, 850 Tiger Dr
11/16/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ripon College, 300 Seward St

Green Lake
Green Lake
12/7/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Lake High School, 612 Mill St

Kewaunee
Kewaunee
12/1/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kewaunee Community, 1510 Ellis St.

Luxemburg
11/28/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Luxemburg Casco High School, 512 Center Drive

Manitowoc
Cleveland
11/11/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lakeshore Technical College, 1290 North Avenue

Kiel
12/9/2022: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kiel High School, 210 Raider Heights

Manitowoc
11/30/2022: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Manitowoc Senior Center, Manitowoc Senior Center, 3330 Custer St.

Marinette
Crivitz
12/5/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., New Life Church, 115 US-141

Goodman
11/29/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Goodman Town Hall, 506 Mill St

Marinette
11/16/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pine Tree Mall, 2800 Roosevelt Rd.
12/1/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pine Tree Mall, 2800 Roosevelt Rd.
12/5/2022: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St Thomas Aquinas Academy, 1200 Main Street
12/7/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Marinette Faith Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran, 4009 Irving St.

Niagara
12/7/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Niagara High School, 700 Jefferson Ave

Pembine
11/28/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Beecher Town Hall, W7971 County Rd Z

Peshtigo
11/21/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran, 331 Pine Street

Wausaukee
11/28/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St Augustine, 507 Church St

Oconto
Lena
11/14/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lena WI High School, 304 E Main Street

Oconto Falls
12/8/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 165 N Farm Rd

Suring
11/17/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Breed Community Center, Breed Community Center, 11155 WI-32

Outagamie
Appleton
11/21/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Grand Meridian, 2621 N Oneida Street

Kimberly
11/17/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, Capital Credit Union, 855 Eisenhower Dr.

Shawano
Bonduel
11/28/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 240 E Green Bay St

Gresham
11/8/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Gresham High School, 501 Schabow Rd

Shawano
12/2/2022: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Shawano High School, 220 Cty Hwy B
12/5/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Shawano City Hall, Shawano City Hall, 127 S Sawyer St

Waupaca
Clintonville
11/22/2022: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Clintonville Lanes, 250 County Hwy I

Iola
12/7/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Community Fitness & Aquatic Center, Adjacent to HS, 445 S Jackson St

Marion
11/18/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Marion High School, 105 School St

New London
12/9/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion, 840 E North Water St

Waupaca
11/14/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Waupaca Recreation Center, 407 School St

Waushara
Wautoma
12/9/2022: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 335 W Prairie St

Winnebago
Menasha
11/15/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 746 Third St

Neenah
11/21/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1140 Tullar Rd

Oshkosh
11/10/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oshkosh Community YMCA Downtown, 324 Washington Ave
12/5/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Algoma United Methodist Church, 1174 Algoma Blvd

Michigan
Menominee

Stephenson
12/8/2022: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stephenson Fire Department, Stephenson Fire Department, W628 Samuel St.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Amplify Your Impact − Volunteer!
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for a either position, contact [email protected] or visit https://www.redcross.org/volunteertoday.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.