GARDEN CITY, Mich. (July 12, 2018) —WMUZ-FM and Custom Health Centers are partnering for their annual American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, July 19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Merriman Road Baptist Church, 2055 Merriman Road in Garden City. This year’s goal is 160 pints of blood.
All who come to donate at the WMUZ Blood Drive will receive a Cedar Point ticket (valid for entry to any Cedar Fair park), while supplies last. Personalities from WMUZ will also be on-site, broadcasting live throughout the blood drive.
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatment they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.
“We truly appreciate the support of WMUZ and Merriman Road Baptist Church for helping us help patients in need of lifesaving blood products,” said Red Cross account manager Kelly DeLong. “The entire Garden City community is invited to give the gift of life.”
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), sponsor code: WMUZ 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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 RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.