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Wednesday
Feb012017

Community Helps Out During Time of Need

After issuing an alert about a critical need for blood donations, old and new donors stepped up.

MICHIGAN (February 1, 2017) – After several weeks of inclement weather and sickness affected traffic into blood drives and blood donation centers, Michigan Blood saw a severe drop in blood donations. We issued a call for help due to the critical need for blood donors…and the community stepped up to the plate.

Between January 19th and January 24th, Michigan Blood’s donor centers across the state saw 60 new donors, including 15 O-Negative blood donors. This doesn’t even take into account repeat blood donors. 

“At our Grand Rapids Donor Center, for example, we saw more than a hundred people show up on Saturday,” said Kelly Rasmussen, Donor Contact Manager, “That’s unprecedented. It helped us get more lifesaving blood to local hospitals.”

Michigan Blood is grateful to the community, our hospital partners, and local media for getting the word out and lending their arms to help save lives. 

But we still need help. As we continue to see inclement weather, blood donations continue to drop in every region. The need for blood never ends, so we continue to work – even in a snowstorm.

Please donate blood, if you’re able. Here are hours for donor centers across Michigan:

 

Grand Rapids - 1036 Fuller NE

Mondays through Thursdays: 8am - 7pm
Fridays: 6am - 1pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 7am - 2pm

Grandville United Methodist Church - 3140 Wilson SW
Thursdays: 12pm - 7pm

St. Joseph - 2710 Cleveland Ave
Wednesdays: 12pm - 7pm

Kalamazoo - 524 East Milham Ave, Portage
Tuesdays: 12pm - 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 7am - 2pm

Saginaw - 1771 Tittabawassee Rd
Sundays & Mondays: 7am - 2pm
Tuesdays: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesdays: 7am - 2pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 7am - 2pm

Bay City - 1017 North Johnson Street

Mondays: 7am - 2pm
Wednesdays: 12pm - 7pm

Dow Diamond - 825 East Main Street, Midland
Sundays & Mondays: 7am - 2pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 7am - 2pm
Donations at Dow Diamond are by appointment only

 Traverse City - 2575 Aero Park Drive
Sundays & Mondays: 7am - 2pm
Tuesdays: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesdays: 7am - 2pm
Thursdays: 12pm - 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 7am - 2pm

We also host blood drives throughout the state – to find one in your area, visit donate.miblood.org.