In the 608: Help the American Red Cross with 2022 Holiday Blood Drive

UPDATE: The Blood Drive has been canceled due to the winter storm expected to make travel difficult on Friday.


MADISON, Wis. – Shake up your holiday tradition and join the American Red Cross at the 37th annual Madison Holiday Blood Drive. This festive blood drive provides an opportunity for eligible donors to give blood Dec. 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are welcomed.

This blood drive, complete with holiday atmosphere, provides an opportunity to start a new holiday tradition or continue an existing one – by donating blood. You are able to bond with those you love, make new friends and give a meaningful gift that helps people through some of life’s toughest moments. When you choose to give blood, your gift can bring comfort and hope to hospital patients in need. Give something that means something.

Donating blood to the Red Cross is a simple act of kindness you can do in about an hour. Show your holiday spirit, help someone in need and feel good doing it. Those who have not given recently or those who might have never donated before are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

The 37th annual Holiday Blood Drive is the largest one-day blood drive in the Wisconsin Region, with more than 700 community members rolling up a sleeve to help save lives each year. Last year, 755 lifesaving donations were collected at the blood drive which was the highest number of donations collected in more than 20 years.

The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give Dec. 23, 2022, at the Madison Holiday Blood Drive with an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last. Donors will also be treated to special snacks and refreshments. Free parking will be available.

“We would never be able to host such a successful drive without the incredible support of the community,” said Kyle Kriegl, Executive Director for the Southwest Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Year after year, the community steps up to the call for blood donations which go toward helping to save lives. We are grateful for those who respond to the constant need for blood donations at such a critical time of the year.”