American Red Cross, Courtland Center Mall Host Special 'Black Friday' Blood Drive

November 19, 2012

Donors Can Give the Gift of Life and Toys This Holiday Season


November 19, 2012 – Lansing, MI – The American Red Cross is once again joining forces with the Courtland Center Mall, ABC-12, and CARS-108 to help save lives this holiday season.  Eligible donors are encouraged to make a blood donation as part of their Thanksgiving weekend plans by taking part in a special ‘Black Friday’ blood drive on Friday, November 23rd.


The ‘Black Friday Blood Drive’ will take place from 9:00AM to 2:45PM at the Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court St., Burton.  Everyone who comes out to donate will have the opportunity to select a Christmas gift from the Red Cross ‘toy chest’ which will be donated to the charity of their choice.


“What a better way to break-up the monotony of the ‘busiest shopping day of the year’ than to lay back, donate blood and brighten a child’s life this holiday season,” said Colleen O’Callaghan, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 


Winter months, and the holidays in particular, are a difficult time for blood collections. People typically travel during the holidays and are not always thinking about donating.  Also, inclement weather and icy roadways will sometimes keep donors at home and out of the elements. 


“The need for blood is constant and never takes a holiday,” continued O’Callaghan. “Even in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday shopping season, the need for blood is there.”


Take time this holiday season to roll-up your sleeve and give the gift of life. You’ll also help put a smile on a child’s face by choosing a toy to donate to your favorite charity.  For more information on blood donations or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit



How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 700 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals across the state. 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.