Give the Gift of Life This Holiday!
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:30PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Extend your bloodline by donating
during the holiday season.

A blood donor recently shared, “I left a pint of me with Michigan Blood, but I got so much more in return.” That’s what happens when you give from the heart…. you give someone another day, another chance at life, another opportunity to impact someone else, and you receive the gift of knowing that you helped someone in need.

As the holiday hustle and bustle winds up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So why not take a break and make a lifesaving difference for someone right here in Michigan? Give the gift of life this holiday season by donating blood with Michigan Blood.

Your donation can help save the life of someone like 8-year-old Addison Mayfield. Addison was born 5 weeks premature, and shortly after her arrival, she was diagnosed with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn, or PPHN. PPHN is a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. Newborn Addison received 2 blood transfusions which helped save her life, and each one was possible because of generous Michigan Blood donors.

Elizabeth Mayfield, Addison's mother, says that she and her family encourage others to donate if and when they can.

“Definitely, without those blood transfusions, Addison wouldn’t be here today,” says Elizabeth.

Michigan Blood, along with the Mayfield family, are asking Michigan residents to give from the heart this holiday season by donating blood at a Michigan Blood donor center. While you're there be sure to take one of our special gift tags to let someone know you gave blood in their honor. You can also add that person's name to our "I Gave the Gift of Life in Honor of ..." boards.

As a thank you for donating, Michigan Blood is providing a $10 Kohl’s gift card to anyone who attempts to donate.

Dates and Times Vary By Location


Grand Rapids Donor Center

1036 Fuller Avenue NE
December 24  –  8 am to 3:30 pm
December 26  –  8 am to 4:00 pm
December 31  –  8 am to 3:30 pm
January 1        –  8 am to 3:30 pm
January 2        –  8 am to 2:00 pm

Grandville Donor Center
Grandville United Methodist Church
3140 Wilson Avenue SW
December 24  –  8 am to 3:00 pm
December 31  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

Kalamazoo Area Donor Center
524 East Milham Avenue, Portage
December 22  –  Noon to 7 pm
December 29  –  Noon to 7 pm
January 1         –  8 am to 3:30
January 2         –  8 am to 2:00

St. Joseph Donor Center
2710 Cleveland Avenue
December 23  –  Noon to 7 pm
December 30  –  Noon to 7 pm

Traverse City Donor Center
2575 Aero Park Drive
December 24  –  8 am to 3:30 pm
December 31  –  8 am to 3:30 pm
January 2        –  8 am to 3:00 pm


Saginaw Donor Center
1771 Tittabawassee Road
December 24  –  8 am to 3:30 pm
December 26  –  8 am to 2:00 pm
December 31  –  8 am to 3:30 pm
January 1        –  8 am to 3:30 pm
January 2        –  8 am to 2:00 pm

Bay City Donor Center
1017 North Johnson Street
December 23  –  Noon to 7 pm
December 30  –  Noon to 7 pm

Midland Donor Center
MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland
4005 Orchard Drive
December 22  –  Noon to 7 pm
December 29  –  Noon to 7 pm

Dow Diamond Donor Center
825 East Main Street, Midland
December 24  –  7:30 am to 3:30 pm
December 31  –  7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Appointments are encouraged for donor convenience.
Please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or visit www.miblood.org to schedule your appointment today.

As always your donation will benefit patients in more than 50 Michigan hospitals who depend on the lifesaving gift of blood donation. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate.

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