The American Red Cross teamed up with the Packers organization on Tuesday to host a blood drive inside Lambeau Field.
Blood donations go down in the summer months while teens are out of school and people go on vacation.
“Every two seconds, somebody in the United States needs blood, and that doesn’t get to take a stop or vacation,” Michelle Goodwill with the American Red Cross said. “Yet summer comes and we do get busy schedules, we are on vacation, our high schools are out of session, which they’re about 20% of our blood supply, so we have that dip and we need our community members to come out and help us make it through summer and that’s why we have big events like this and the Green Bay community does step up and come out.”
Packers fans like to say they bleed green and gold, but on Tuesday they were happy to donate red inside of Lambeau Field.
“You can see part of the field, so it’s pretty special,” Jennifer Seaquist, a blood donor, said.
The American Red Cross app allows donors to track where their blood went to help save lives.
“The last time I donated they weren’t able to use it in this area or didn’t need it, so they sent it down to Madison so it was being used somewhere, so it’s nice to know that they do use it,” Seaquist said.
One pint of blood comes from each donor, and the American Red Cross hopes the event brings in at least 440 pints of blood.
“I started donating probably about 40 years ago when my father had open-heart surgery, and I realized at that point the importance of donating blood,” Barry Rosene, a blood donor, said.
Blood donors received $5 Amazon gift cards and Packers-themed trinkets.
The event also offered cheek swabs with DKMS for those who wanted to register for the Be The Match bone marrow donor registry.