News Releases

Tuesday
Jun042013

Michigan Blood Gives Back to TART Trails

$10 donation for every person who attempts to donate


Smart Commute Week is an annual week-long celebration of smart commuting that takes place the first full week in June. In addition to encouraging new smart commuters, the purpose of the week is to gather and celebrate the community’s year-round veteran smart commuters and infrastructure improvements to provide more safe, connected and accessible active transportation. This event is hosted by TART Trails in Traverse City. 

As an additional way to give back to the community and support the trails, Michigan Blood will donate $10 to TART Trails for each person that attempts to donate blood Monday, June 10th through Tuesday, June 11th at the Main Donor Center on 2575 Aero Park Drive in Traverse City. Appointments are preferred, but drop ins are welcome. 

 “We know people get busy this time of year with outdoor activities and busy summer schedules,” says Allison Beers, Public Relations Coordinator. “Still, the need for blood is always there, so we are asking people to stop in and help support not only Michigan Blood, but TART Trails as well.”

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days.  Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). Appointments (preferred, but not required) can be made online at www.miblood.org or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663).

Thursday
May302013

Rockford High School Students Use Video Talents to Help Save Lives

Advanced TV Studio Project Promotes Blood Donations and Community Service


Rockford Public Schools has a reputation for excellence – whether it is in academics, athletics, music, theater, technology, scholarships or community service. One such example is Kris DeYoung and Jason Springer’s Beyond the Rock Advanced TV Studio 3 class, which partners with community organizations to create informational and promotional videos. The partnership enables students to sharpen their script writing, filming, and post production skills in a “real life setting,” and provides valuable assistance to area nonprofits. Each year, Beyond the Rock students complete approximately 15 community service projects.

In 2013, Michigan Blood partnered with Rockford High School seniors Lynsey Bettig and Allison Reichenbach to create a two minute video explaining the importance of blood donation and how to prepare for donating.  Each step of the process – from registration, screening, and eating and drinking, to donation and the post donation station – is covered in the informative video. Rockford High School plans to use the video to promote future blood drives, as well as allow other schools to use the video to help educate students. The video is posted on YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPB6L1e9Hkk&feature=youtu.be, and well as Michigan Blood’s website (www.miblood.org/high-school-chairperson-tools/) , and the Michigan Blood High School Heroes Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Blood-High-School-Heroes/182898225196328?ref=ts&fref=ts). 

Meredith Gremel, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Michigan Blood, notes: “We are thrilled to partner with the talented team from Rockford High School.  Under Kris DeYoung’s leadership, the students have created a video which we can use statewide to help students understand the critical role they play in saving lives – not just now, but in becoming lifelong blood donors.  It is so important to introduce young donors to the process.  In sheer numbers, there are less young eligible millennial donors.  Also, and as the largest percentage of our donors age, these baby boomers may encounter health concerns so they can’t donate, or they may require blood themselves. High school is often the first time young adults learn about how important it is to serve your community and give blood. The students captured the essences of this so well when they invited their peers to ‘be bigger than yourself and save lives.’”

Teacher Kris DeYoung emphasized Rockford Public Schools’ commitment to helping others. "At Beyond the Rock we truly seek to do whatever we can to give back to the community. We truly believe that we need to use the skills we have been given to always give back and serve others, especially our hometown community.” In addition to the project with Michigan Blood, the students worked on several community service projects, including ones with the North Kent Service Center, North Kent Sewer Authority, Plainfield Township, Wolverine Worldwide, Oasis for Hope Non-Profit, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Creative Connections. DeYoung noted, “These opportunities are great for the students from both a production standpoint as well as a personal standpoint teaching them professionalism as well as life values. We hope to continue to partner with our communities and those doing good in the world around us."

Wednesday
May152013

Thin Mints, Tag-A-Longs, and Samoas – Oh My!

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore To Shore donate
thousands of boxes of cookies to Michigan Blood

Every day, people come to Michigan Blood to give lifesaving gifts but as of today, Michigan Blood is serving up a donation of a different sort: Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tag-A-Longs, Trefoils, and Samoas from the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, courtesy of the Gift of Caring program. Girl Scout cookies are being served in the post-donation areas, while supplies last, at main donor sites across Michigan.

Often, people want to support the Girl Scouts but don’t actually want the cookies for a variety of reasons. This year, Michigan Blood, as the 2013 Gift of Caring designated charity, received over 3,000 boxes of those “unwanted” cookies.

“Our donors at our donor centers across the state are getting a real treat!  When most families have already gone through their supply of Girl Scout cookies, we’re just getting started,” said Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations for Michigan Blood. “We are honored to be chosen for the third year in a row by the Girl Scouts and the generosity they’ve shown echoes the generosity we see every day in our donors.”

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days.  Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). Appointments (preferred, but not required) can be made online at www.miblood.org or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663).

Monday
May132013

Give and Go!

Help support blood banks at local hospitals during the start of the busy summer season

With the first holiday weekend of the season, many people will travel to parades, cook-outs, and spend time with family and friends. This time of year also traditionally signals the start of the slow-down in blood donations.

Michigan Blood is encouraging donors to make an appointment to stop in one of our donor centers during the week following Memorial Day to help ensure an adequate blood supply at hospitals around Michigan.

“We know people get busy this time of year with outdoor activities, graduations and travel,” says Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations.  “Still, the need for blood never takes a vacation, so we are asking people to set aside about an hour of time to help save lives.”

As a thank you during our Give and Go campaign, everyone who attempts to donate will receive a $10 Meijer gas card. Childress notes, “People are on the go more this time of year, so the cards are a simple gesture to say thanks for taking time out to help boost the blood supply.” Donors will also get the chance to enter a drawing to win a $1000 Meijer gift card.

Here are details for Give and Go in your area:

  • Grand Rapids – 1036 Fuller Ave NE – May 28-30 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Traverse City – 2575 Aero Park Drive – May 28-30 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saginaw – 1771 Tittabawassee Road – May 28-30 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 31 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Dow Diamond – 825 East Main Street – May 28-31 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Midland – 4005 Orchard Drive – May 28 from Noon to 7 p.m. and May 31 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Bay City – 1017 North Johnson Street – May 29 from Noon to 7 p.m. and May 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • St. Joseph – 2710 Cleveland Avenue – May 28 & 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kalamazoo – 524 East Milham Ave – May 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days.  Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). Appointments (preferred, but not required) can be made online at www.miblood.org or by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD.

Thursday
May092013

Michigan Blood – Proud Community Partner

As a community-based blood bank, Michigan Blood embraces the opportunity to get involved with the communities we serve and the many people who are the heart of what we do: the blood donors, drive volunteers and blood recipients. That’s why Michigan Blood is proud to partner with the many hospitals around the state to take part in events that bring the community together. Pictured is a team from Michigan Blood which recently took part in a 5K Run/Walk in Kalamazoo.

Some recent events include:

  • Covenant HealthCare's Covenant Kids Telethon Fundraiser – April 2013
  • Borgess Run for the Health of It! – May 2013

Some upcoming events include:

  • Run For A Cause ... Our Kids – Benefitting Helen DeVos Children's Hospital – June 15, 2013
  • Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run – Benefitting Saint Mary's Hospital – September 15, 2013
  • Bronson Children's Hospital Walk and Run – September 29, 2013

We hope to see you there!