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Make Your Mark on the Mitten This Labor Day

In celebration of Michigan Blood’s 60th Anniversary, you’re invited to Make Your Mark on the Mitten by saving Michigan lives through blood donation. Give blood during the Labor Day weekend and you can make your mark – literally – on the huge Michigan mittens on display at all of our donor centers. The color you use to make your mark will be according to your personal blood type.

The Michigan mittens will be on display during the 60-day celebration of our 60th Anniversary, which concludes September 16. All of the Michigan mittens from our statewide donation centers will then come together at the Grand Rapids Donor Center during ArtPrize.

The project represents Michigan Blood’s theme, ‘MI Bloodlines.’ Every time you give blood, you give at least one person another day of life - another chance to make a difference for someone else. Even though you aren’t related, the people you help become part of your bloodline.

“Holidays prove to be a challenging time to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients at hospitals around Michigan,” says Carleen Crawford. “The need for blood never takes a holiday. We are asking people to add to their bloodline by giving about an hour of time to help save lives during the holiday weekend.”

As a thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday weekend to donate, anyone who attempts to give blood will receive a $10 Meijer gift card.

Dates and times for the event vary by location.


Grand Rapids Donor Center
1036 Fuller Avenue NE
September 3  –  11 am to 7 pm
September 4, 5, 7  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

Grandville Donor Center
Grandville United Methodist Church
3140 Wilson Avenue SE
September 3  –  11 am to 7 pm

Kalamazoo Area Donor Center
524 East Milham Avenue, Portage
September 4, 5, 7  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

St. Joseph Donor Center
2710 Cleveland Avenue
September 3  –  Noon to 7 pm

Traverse City Donor Center
2575 Aero Park Drive
September 3  –  10:30 am to 7 pm
September 4, 5, 7  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

Saginaw Donor Center
1771 Tittabawassee Road
September 3  –  11 am to 7 pm
September 4, 5, 7  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

Bay City Donor Center
1710 North Johnson Street
September 7  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

Midland Donor Center
MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland
4005 Orchard Drive
September 4  –  8 am to 3:30 pm

Dow Diamond Donor Center
825 East Main Street, Midland
September 3  –  7:30 am to 7 pm
September 7  –  8 am to 3:30 pm


Hours at Michigan Blood donor centers have expanded for Labor Day weekend, but 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.