The American Red Cross urges people to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply.
The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular blood transfusions, blood must be matched closely – beyond the primary A, B, O and AB blood types – to reduce the risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. The best match may be someone of the same racial or ethnic group. Donors of all blood types, as well as all races and ethnicities, are needed to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.
Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767, or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card.
Here is a list of blood drives in Jackson county during September and October:
9/23/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Encounter Church, 620 Robinson Road
9/25/2019: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Avenue
9/30/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vandercook Lake High School, 1000 Golf Avenue
10/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., City Of Jackson, 161 W. Michigan Ave
10/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Baker College, 2800 Springport Road
10/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 275 W. Michigan Avenue
10/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
10/10/2019: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Napoleon High School, 201 West Avenue
10/8/2019: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Free Methodist Church, 120 E. Main Street
10/14/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 4250 Page Avenue