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American Red Cross, Gaylord Banks Partner to Save Lives

9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
215 S Center
Gaylord, MI


10th Annual Blood Challenge Brings Community Members Together


Gaylord, MI The American Red Cross and Gaylord-area banks are joining forces once again for the 10th Annual Battle of the Banks blood challenge. The blood challenge was developed to help maintain a healthy blood supply.


Four banks – Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Independent Bank and Northwestern Bank - are participating again this year to help save lives through blood collection.


“Last year’s battle brought in 34 units of blood, which potential helped save more than 100 lives and we are hoping to collect 35 units this year,” said American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Biz Bauer. “We encourage all eligible donors in the area to make an appointment to donate blood and take part in this special event.”


Individuals can make a big difference by donating blood at the Battle of the Banks blood drive on Tuesday, September 27 at the First United Methodist Church, 215 S Center. The blood drive will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Each bank is charged with signing up 12 to15 friends, family, associates and clients to donate blood and help save lives.


To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call Lisa at 989-732-6232 or visit and enter sponsor code: GaylordBanks.. Appointments are given priority, but walk-ins will be accepted.




Thursday, Oct 13, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Vanderbilt Area School, 947 Donovan St., Vanderbilt


Friday, Oct 21, 12:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Evangelical Free Church, 1649 East M 32, Gaylord