With summer right around the corner, many people are now planning their summer activities and vacations. After all, summer is a time to create lifelong memories. When eligible donors give blood with the American Red Cross, they can also give others time to make their own memories — watching fireworks, having a picnic, sleeping under the stars, taking a dip or rooting for the home team.
Blood donations often decline during the summer, when schools are out and vacations are in. The Red Cross encourages donors to make an appointment to give now to help ensure a stable supply in the weeks and months ahead, giving patients a chance to create a summer of stories.
Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 in honor of Memorial Day could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards to create their own summer of stories. In addition, their donations will honor those who gave their life for our country and support those in need of care. The Red Cross serves about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including many Veterans Affairs medical centers.
Learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
May 21 from 1-6 p.m. at Andrew Toyota, 1620 W. Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee, Wis.
May 21 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at YMCA West Suburban Branch, 2420 N. 124th St. in Wauwatosa, Wis.
May 28 from 1-6 p.m. at Allen Field Elementary School, 730 W. Lapham Blvd. in Milwaukee, Wis.
May 28 from 1-6 p.m. at Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 3353 S. Whitnall in Milwaukee, Wis.
May 28 from 1-6 p.m. at Walker Elementary School , 900 S. 119th St. in West Allis, Wis.
May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at School of Languages , 8400 W. Burleigh St. in Milwaukee, Wis.