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Wednesday
Feb122014

Battle Creek Community Invited To Help Save Lives

Battle Creek Organizations Team Up for Area Wide Event

 

Three Battle Creek non-profit organizations are calling on the community to help save lives! The Battle Creek Community Foundation, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, are joining together to host a community-wide blood drive through Michigan Blood. Michigan Blood provides all the blood needed by patients at Bronson Battle Creek, the VA Medical Center, and Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center.

“We encourage the community to partner with us in supporting our area’s non-profit blood bank,” says Brenda Hunt, President and CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation. “By donating blood, we can help save the lives of friends, neighbors, and family members right here in our community.”

To experience what it’s like to be lifesaving heroes through Michigan Blood, donors are invited to Burnham Brook Community Center on Friday February 21st from 8 am to 3 pm. New and returning blood donors are encouraged to take an hour out of their day to give this precious gift. “We know our region is full of extremely generous and caring people who are willing to give back,” says Mike Larson, President and CEO of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. “This effort fits with our focus on health and we are encouraging all who can, to roll up their sleeves and help support those in need.”

“The blood drive is going to be a fun experience with several of our local businesses joining in to provide ‘thank you’ prizes to some of the donors who turn out," notes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kara Beer. “It’s great to see all of the different businesses and organizations teaming up to ensure donors have a memorable experience as they save lives.”

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood provides the blood to more than 40 hospitals around the state. “We couldn’t do it without voluntary donors in all the communities we serve,” says Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood. “Cancer patients, trauma victims, and many others are counting on the blood to survive.”

While walk-ins are always welcome, donors are encouraged to make appointments.  To sign-up, go to www.miblood.org  or call 1-866-MI-Blood.  Donors can also contact Adam Kingston at the Battle Creek Community Foundation at adam@bccfoundation.org

Battle Creek Community Blood Drive
Burnham Brook Community Center
200 Michigan Avenue
Friday February 21  •  8 am – 3 pm

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 preferred and can be made online at www.miblood.org or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD.

Michigan Blood honors any previous donations to other blood centers around the country to count toward a donor’s gallon pin.

Media Contacts

Adam Kingston, Battle Creek Community Foundation, (269) 962-2181 adam@bccfoundation.org

Kara Beer, Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, (269) 962-4076 kbeer@battlecreek.org

Chris Sargent, United Way of the BC and Kalamazoo Region, (269) 962-9538 csargent@uwbckr.org

Carolyn Wyllie, Michigan Blood, 269-615-1160, cwyllie@miblood.org