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Thanks for Giving – November 20 & 21

Be somebody who helps save lives. Before you give thanks, give blood at Michigan Blood's Thanks for Giving blood drive, November 20 or 21. Everyone who tries to donate at a participating Michigan Blood donor center receives a FREE PUMPKIN PIE. See below for a schedule of participating locations.


Thanks For Giving Blood Drive Schedule

Kalamazoo Area Donor Center
524 E Milham Avenue, Portage

November 20  •  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Grand Rapids Donor Center
1036 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids

November 21  •  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Traverse City Donor Center
2575 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City

November 21  •  10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Joseph Donor Center
2710 Cleveland Avenue, St. Joseph

November 21  •  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Hurricane Sandy News Advisory --- The Need For Blood

Grand Rapids, Mich. – As Hurricane Sandy roars toward the northern east coast of the United States, businesses, schools, service organizations, and blood banks have closed and thousands are without power.  The media has contacted Michigan Blood regarding requests to supply blood to effected regions.  Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit blood bank and as such, we are affiliated with Blood Centers of America, Inc., a network of community blood banks spanning North America which supplies 38% percent of the blood to the United States. ( .

Should these blood banks experience a blood shortage, BCA affiliates will ship blood products to the region.  Michigan Blood is standing by to assist in any way we can.  At this time we have not been called upon to send blood products.  We recognize the need for blood is constant – in fact, every two seconds someone needs blood.  One out of seven people entering the hospital require blood.  We encourage healthy adults (17 and older or 16 with parent or guardian consent) to donate blood.  Our donors are welcome to donate in the spirit of keeping our reserves ready to assist blood centers and blood recipients in the storm area. In the event that we are called upon to supply blood to the storm region, we will depend more than ever on our donors to help us maintain a safe and adequate blood supply for hospitals and patients in both the emergency areas and our own Michigan regions of responsibility.

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Zombie Dash ... if you dare!

Zombie Dash…. If you Dare

Zombies will be looming around corners, and jumping out of the darkness this October during a pair of scary-fun adventures in Grand Rapids and Holly.  Not only will visitors to the Zombie Dash get the fright they were hoping for, but they’ll also be supporting Michigan Blood. 

The Michigan Blood Stem Cell Program is the charity partner for the Zombie Dash events. The stem cell program recruits potential marrow/stem cell donors for the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match® Registry.  It costs more than $100 in tissue-type testing to add just one potential donor to the national Registry. Michigan Blood is also a regional collection site for stem cell donations. 70% of patients suffering from illnesses like leukemia, lymphoma and 70 other blood related diseases, turn to the Be The Match Registry for a matching marrow/stem cell donor. More than 10,000 patients turn to the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match Registry every year.  Currently just over 10 million people are on the Registry, meaning that approximately only 4 out of every 10 patients find a match.

If you’d like to take part in either of the upcoming Zombie Dashes, here’s the schedule:

Zombies will be giving chase in Holly at sunset on Saturday, October 13th at the Holly State Recreation Area. (between Flint and Detroit).

In downtown Grand Rapids, zombies will be looking to scare visitors at sunset on Saturday, October 27, at Ah Nab-Awen Park.

Both dashes have been organized by Michigan Adventure Racing.  To find out the full details on either of these events, go to the Zombie Dash website at:


Welcome to Meredith Gremel, Director of PR and Marketing

Veteran marketing and public relations agency owner Meredith Gremel will
be the new Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Michigan Blood. In
this newly created post she will oversee the daily operations of public relations
and marketing activities across the state. Meredith comes to Michigan Blood
with two decades experience owning and operating Gremel Communications,
Inc., a Rockford-based communications agency. She helped clients across
Michigan with branding, public relations, special events, and internal
communications. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and technical
writing from the University of Michigan, and was voted one of the “50 Most
Influential Women in West Michigan – 2008.”


Kalamazoo: Donate and Drive August 28-29

Be somebody who saves lives by giving blood at Michigan Blood’s Kalamazoo area donor center August 28 & 29. Everyone who tries to donate gets a coupon good at Kalamazoo area Tuffy Auto Service Centers for a vehicle maintenance package ($39.95 value) which includes up to 5 quarts of synthetic blend 5W30 motor oil, Napa oil filter, tire check and rotation, and much more.

Donate & Drive

Kalamazoo Area Donor Center
524 E. Milham Ave in Portage
August 28 & 29: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.