Immediate Need for O-Negative Blood
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 12:20PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

The need for blood never ends, and hospitals across Michigan currently have a great need for O-Negative blood, the universal blood type. Michigan Blood is working to help increase the supply.

Beginning today, April 3rd, through Sunday, April 9th, anyone who donates with O-Negative blood at a regional Michigan Blood Donor Center will receive a $10 Target gift card in the mail.

“Spring break has a major impact on collections,” said Carleen Crawford, Director of Communications and Marketing for Michigan Blood, “Schools and universities, which are host sites for many mobile drives, are closed. And many families leave the state for the spring break vacation, which affects donations at our fixed sites and corporate donor sites.”

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
Monday, 4/3: 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 4/4: 8am - 7pm
Wednesday, 4/5: 8am - 7pm
Thursday, 4/6:  8am - 7pm
Friday, 4/7: 6am - 1pm
Saturday, 4/8: 7am - 2pm
Sunday, 4/9: 7am - 2pm (by appointment only)

Grandville United Methodist Church - 3140 Wilson SW
Thursday, 4/6: 12pm - 7pm

St. Joseph - 2710 Cleveland Ave
Wednesday, 4/5: 12pm - 7pm

Kalamazoo - 524 East Milham Ave, Portage
Tuesday, 4/4: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 4/7: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 4/8: 7am - 2pm

Saginaw - 1771 Tittabawassee Rd
Monday, 4/3: 7am - 2pm
Tuesday, 4/4: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday, 4/5: 7am - 2pm
Thursday, 4/6: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 4/7: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 4/8: 7am - 2pm
Sunday, 4/9: 7am - 2pm

Bay City - 1017 North Johnson Street

Wednesday, 4/5: 12pm - 7pm

Dow Diamond - 825 East Main Street, Midland
Thursday, 4/6: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 4/7: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 4/8: 7am - 2pm
Donations at Dow Diamond are by appointment only

Traverse City - 2575 Aero Park Drive
Monday, 4/3: 7am - 2pm
Tuesday, 4/4: 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday, 4/5: 7am - 2pm
Thursday, 4/6: 12pm - 7pm
Friday, 4/7: 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 4/8: 7am - 2pm
Sunday, 4/9: 7am - 2pm 

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

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