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"Thanks for Giving" Campaign Begins

MICHIGAN (November 17, 2016) - During a time of year where many give thanks, Michigan Blood is showing its appreciation for blood donors with a gift of gratitude. An hour of one person’s time means not only the gift of life for three Michiganders, but a gift for the donor, as well. Starting November 22nd in Kalamazoo, and November 23rd in other donor centers, the non-profit will give blood donors a freshly baked pumpkin pie, courtesy of Family Fare.

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Blood Buddies Forever 

Donor continues bloodline after bone marrow donation


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (October 3, 2016) – Sixteen years ago, Rebecca Meeker received a phone call that would change her life forever.

“I was working on a wedding cake and then I got this phone call. I found out I was a potential match for a patient who needed a bone marrow transplant,” said Meeker of Saginaw.

Rebecca signed up to join the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match Registry eight years earlier after watching a local news story about a young girl in need of a bone marrow transplant. Although she was notified months later that she was a potential match for a young patient, she was not the best match.

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Honor a hero and be a hero Labor Day weekend by donating at Michigan Blood

Give blood and thank local first-responders in honor of the 9/11 anniversary


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (August 22, 2016) –15 years ago, more than 400 firefighters and police officers lost their lives during the 9/11 terror attacks. Countless other first responders continue to put their lives on the line for us every day. This Labor Day, honor a hero.

Donate blood over the Labor Day weekend, September 1 – 5, 2016. You could save a life across the state or right here at home – and that makes you a hero, too.

Every person who attempts to donate at Michigan Blood during the Labor Day promotion September 1-5 will receive a free $10 gift card courtesy of Meijer. After your donation, we invite you to sign a thank you card, which will be delivered to local first responders in honor of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11.

Check out the Michigan Blood “Labor Day - Honor a Hero” schedule of event dates and times for your local donation center below. Appointments are preferred for donor convenience, but not mandatory. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or schedule online through our donor portal.

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Blood Donors Help Save the Lives of Baby Girl’s Parents

When they needed it most, blood transfusions were readily available


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (August 10, 2016) –Grace Brunett is not only a regular blood donor, but helps host a blood drive in her hometown. And as if that weren’t enough – this tireless cheerleader works for Michigan Blood as a phlebotomist.

Grace can trace her commitment to her days as a student at Cedar Springs High School, where she learned in that anatomy class the power of O-negative blood – her type and a universal option for anyone in need.

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Michigan Blood partners with Light The Night of Mid-Michigan by hosting community blood drives

SAGINAW, MICH. (June 28, 2016) – Michigan Blood is partnering with Light the Night of Mid-Michigan to host two community blood drives in July.

The drives will honor five Mid-Michigan children diagnosed with Leukemia and will support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Both drives will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Midland Baptist Church, 5009 Jefferson in Midland and Wednesday, July 13 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2565 N. Miller in Saginaw. Michigan Blood will make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on behalf of those who donate. Funds raised will help the Society fund research and breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients.

“Michigan Blood is honored to partner with Light The Night for the third year,” said Tamar Chipp, community relations coordinator for Michigan Blood. “Thirty-three percent of blood products are used in the treatment of cancer patients. This blood drive will help boost the community blood supply and help local patients in need.”

To schedule an appointment to donate, individuals can visit or call 1-866-MIBLOOD.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate, although females age 18 and under must weigh 120 pounds or more. Blood donors should bring photo ID.

Michigan Blood hosts more than 3,700 blood drives a year to help meet the needs of local hospitals across Michigan including Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary’s of Michigan and MidMichigan Health.

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