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Help Save Lives at Birch Run High School Blood Drive

Great Lakes

April 3, 2013
 

 

Birch Run, MI—April 3—Although you may have your sights set on warmer locales for Spring Break, you can bring sunshine and warmth to your life by simply volunteering to give blood at a community blood drive Wednesday, April 10 from 1PM to 7PM at Birch Run High School (12450 Church St.).

 

The blood drive is open to the community and is co-sponsored by Suski Chevrolet-Buick and Tommy Hilfiger.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive a coupon good for a free regular oil change at Suski Chevrolet-Buick and a coupon for up to 15% off your purchase at Tommy Hilfiger.  Everyone who turns out to donate will also be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate to Cloverleaf Bar & Grill and a (2) 1-year subscription to the Birch Run Herald.

 

“We know very few things compare to a blast of tropical sunshine after a long Michigan winter,” said Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative with the American Red Cross.  “But, we hear time and time again about the good feeling people get when they realize they could help save up to three lives by making a blood donation.”

 

The need for blood doesn’t take a break, despite the season.  About 44,000 blood donations are needed daily by hospital patients undergoing treatment for serious diseases like cancer and sickle cell, for surgery, and for trauma and burn care.

 

“Collecting blood from volunteer donors isn’t something that can be put on hold,” said Remer.  “We’d like everyone who can to consider donating blood now to celebrate spring.  It could be a great way to renew yourself, and to bring the gift of life to someone in need.”

 

To schedule an appointment to donate, call Melissa Franklin at Suski Chevrolet-Buick at (800) 856-4400 or call 1-800-RED CROSS.  You can also go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Birch Run.

 

 

 

How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

 

About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

                                                                                                                                                                                      

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