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Schedule of American Red Cross Blood Drives

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October 1, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan
735 S. Garfield Ave. Suite B100
Traverse City, MI 49686, MI United States
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616-546-8661 x5203

Donate blood with the Red Cross to support organ
transplant patients and others needing blood

October is Liver Awareness Month

During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.

Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.

For blood donor Amy Slattery, the need for blood hits close to home. Her mother received a liver transplant and needed more than 70 blood products during the surgery.

“I donate to help others that needed blood as she did,” said Slattery. “I donate in thanks to those who donate their blood products to help save lives.”

Volunteer donors like Slattery are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during transplants and other surgeries. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood.

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visitredcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Emmet –  in Petoskey:

10/2/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., American Red Cross Petoskey, 2350 Mitchell Park Drive

Grand Traverse – in Traverse City:

10/2/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Civic Center, 1213 W. Civic Center Drive

Cheboygan – in Wolverine:

10/5/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Wolverine Community Center, 5716 East Main

Charlevoix – in East Jordan:

10/6/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., East Jordan Civic Center, 101 Civic Center Lane

Antrim – in Bellaire:

10/8/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St Lukes Catholic Church, 3038 South M-88

Emmet – in Petoskey:

10/12/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus Event Center, 1106 Charlevoix Avenue

Cheboygan – in Cheboygan:

10/13/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., National Guard Armory, 610 Cuyler

Emmet – in Petoskey:

10/15/2015: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Building, 360 Connable

How to donate blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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