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Tuesday
Jan172017

Critical Need for O-Negative Blood

Weather and illness across the state have significantly impacted blood collections

MICHIGAN (January 17, 2017) – People across the state need help. Hospitals have a critical need for O-Negative blood, the universal blood type, so Michigan Blood is working to help increase the supply.

Beginning today, January 17th, through Saturday, January 21st, anyone who donates with O-Negative blood at a regional Michigan Blood Donor Center will receive a $10 gift card in the mail.

“Because of bad weather and illness across the state, we’ve been seeing fewer donations,” said Jim Wilson, President of Michigan Blood, “But the need for blood never stops, even in a storm. A blood donation today could mean three lives saved tomorrow.”

O-Negative blood is often used by hospitals in situations where there’s an immediate need for a blood transfusion, but the patient’s blood type isn’t known. Only 7-percent of the population has O-Negative blood, so their donations are even more important.

Here is a list of donor centers running the promotion and their hours:

Grand Rapids - 1036 Fuller NE
Tuesday 1/17: 8am - 7pm
Wednesday, 1/18: 8am - 7pm
Thursday, 1/19:  8am - 7pm
Friday, 1/20: 6am - 1pm
Saturday, 1/21: 7am - 2pm

Grandville United Methodist Church - 3140 Wilson SW
Thursday, 1/19: 12pm - 7pm

St. Joseph - 2710 Cleveland Ave
Wednesday, 1/18: 12pm - 7pm

Kalamazoo - 524 East Milham Ave, Portage
Tuesday, 1/17: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 1/20: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 1/21: 7am - 2pm

Saginaw - 1771 Tittabawassee Rd
Tuesday, 1/17: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday, 1/18: 7am - 2pm
Thursday, 1/19: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 1/20: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 1/21: 7am - 2pm

Bay City - 1017 North Johnson Street

Wednesday, 1/18: 12pm - 7pm

Dow Diamond - 825 East Main Street, Midland
Thursday, 1/19: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 1/20: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 1/21: 7am - 2pm
Donations at Dow Diamond are by appointment only

 Traverse City - 2575 Aero Park Drive
Tuesday, 1/17: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday, 1/18: 7am - 2pm
Thursday, 1/19: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 1/20: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 1/21: 7am - 2pm

If you have any questions, please call Michigan Blood at 1-888-MIBLOOD (642-5663).