Blood Drives in May – Week of May 6 – Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties

When:
May 10, 2013 all-day
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Blood Drives in May – Week of May 6 – Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties

Monday, May 6
Jackson Christian High School
4200 Lowe Rd
Jackson
10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Monday, May 6
Christ Lutheran Church
4250 Page Ave
Michigan Center
12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
New Jerusalem Christian Church
14977 Harper Rd
Somerset
1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
Church of the Nazarene
1001 N. Union St.
Tecumseh
1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8
Concord High School
405 S. Main St
Concord
8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8
Litchfield United Methodist Church
160 Marshall
Litchfield
12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 9
First Church of the Nazarene
3905 Clinton Rd
Jackson
12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 9
North Adams-Jerome High School
4555 Knowles Rd
North Adams
9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Friday, May 10
Blackman Township Hall
1990 W. Parnall Rd
Jackson
12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Friday, May 10
Michigan Center High School
400 S. State St.
Michigan Center
8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Spring is about rejuvenation and research studies show that the increase in temperature is a major mood booster. “The need for blood remains constant, especially as the weather becomes warmer,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager with the American Red Cross, Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “A single blood donation can save more than one life, so as the season changes, allow some change within yourself by getting into the habit of donating blood.”

While spring lasts for a few months, donating blood only takes a fraction of that time; the actual donation process only takes about 8 -12 minutes. A healthy donor can donate red blood cells every 56 days and platelets can be given every 7 days, but no more than 24 times in one year. According to Kulman, each weekday, the Great Lakes Blood Services Region needs to collect at least 650 units of blood to help meet the need of patients in the hospitals we serve.

“Strong donor turnout in April and May can give us good momentum into summer. And with only eight percent of eligible individuals donating blood each year, there’s great potential for solid collections during spring.” commented Kulman. Approximately 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood. But only eight percent of those eligible – or three percent of the general population – donates blood each year.

Every day, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of red blood cells. That’s about 16-million donations transfused to 5 million patients each year.

There are many ways to become involved with the mission of the American Red Cross. To donate blood or find other opportunities contact the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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