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American Red Cross Hosts Annual 'Race for Life' Blood Drive

Great Lakes

May 22, 2014


Flint, MI--May 22--Warmer weather and NASCAR go hand-in-hand in Michigan and the American Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors to come out and donate blood at the annual ‘Race for Life’ blood drive, Tuesday, May 27th at Courtland Center Mall


Everyone who comes out to donate can enter for a chance to win one of two (2) pair of tickets to the August 17th ‘Pure Michigan 400’ NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.


“Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer,” said Colleen O’Callaghan, Donor Recruitment Representative with the American Red Cross.  “Making a blood donation on or around Memorial Day is an easy way to ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients in our community and across the nation.”


            Date: Tuesday, May 27th


            Time:  Noon – 7:45 p.m.


            Location:  Courtland Center Mall, 4190 East Court Street


The need for blood is constant.  Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States.  There’s no easier way to become a hero to someone in need than by donating blood.  Please schedule your appointment today.  If you are not eligible to donate at this special blood drive, please encourage a friend of family member to donate in your place.


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossGL. 05/14AP157