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Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:00AM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Michigan-Based Businesses Join Effort to Encourage Local Summer Blood Donation

There is so much to love about Michigan in the summertime! It’s no surprise that as the weather warms up, the community blood supply experiences a “summer-slump” as many people are out and about enjoying all that Michigan has to offer. That’s why several Michigan based businesses are teaming up with Michigan Blood to give people a chance to show their state pride while boosting the local blood supply.

Anyone who attempts to donate during the annual Love Michigan blood drive at Michigan Blood donor centers throughout the Lower Peninsula will receive a thank-you gift bag with Michigan-made products. The reusable bag provided by Meijer will include a special-edition retro “Say Yes to Michigan” t-shirt (a $28 value from The Mitten State) along with other donated products from Old Orchard Juice, Better Made Potato Chips, and Country Fresh Ice Cream.                              

"We're thrilled to be a part of the Michigan Blood summer blood drive for a third consecutive year,” says Will Bransdorfer, Co-Founder of The Mitten State. “It's a pleasure to see the event grow in popularity each successive summer and to see our fans get excited to give back to the community. It's an event that makes us proud to be from Michigan."

“We know how much people treasure this state and the local communities,” said Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood. “Love Michigan is a fun way to bring people together for a common cause to support more than 40 Michigan hospitals, and all the patients who are counting on lifesaving blood donations.”

It takes more than 2200 donations to Michigan Blood every week to support the more than 40 Michigan hospitals Michigan Blood supplies. The Love Michigan event will help assure that those numbers stay strong even in the heart of the summer season. Dates and times vary by location. Appointments are strongly recommended.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID).

Appointments are recommended for donor convenience.  Walk ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or click

Love Michigan Schedule of Events: 

    Grand Rapids Donor Center

        1036 Fuller NE
        Grand Rapids

July 1, 2, 3: 8 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 4 pm

    Saginaw Valley Church
    of the Nazarene

        1815 Tittabawassee Road

July 1, 2, 3: 8 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 3:30 pm

    Bay City Donor Center

        1017 N. Johnson
        Bay City

July 1: 8 am – 3:30 pm
July 3: 12 noon – 7 pm

    Dow Diamond Donor Center

        825 E. Main St.

July 1, 2 3: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
July 5: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Midland Donor Center
    MidMichigan Medical Center

        4005 Orchard Drive

July 2: 12 noon – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 3:30 pm

    Traverse City Donor Center

        2575 Aero Park Drive
        Traverse City

July 1, 2, 3: 10:30 am – 6 pm
July 5: 7:30 am – 3 pm

    St. Joseph Donor Center

        2710 Cleveland Ave.
        St. Joseph

July 1 & 2: 11 am – 7 pm

    Kalamazoo Area Donor Center

        524 E. Milham Ave.

July 3: 11 am – 7 pm
July 5: 8 am – 4 pm


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