American Red Cross, Grand Traverse Pie Company Give Platelet Donors Tasty "Thank You" This Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012


November 19, 2012—Lansing, MI—The American Red Cross and Grand Traverse Pie Company in Brighton are partnering this holiday season to provide everyone who schedules an appointment to donate platelets at the Flint Donor Center a free pie.


“The Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross needs to collect more than 350 units of platelets each week at the Flint and Lansing Donor Centers,” said Maureen Sharp, Apheresis Donor Representative.  “We are hoping this delicious incentive from Grand Traverse Pie Company will motivate people to give thanks this year by rolling up their sleeves to donate platelets.”


The Flint Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse St., will be accepting appointments from 6:00AM to 12:30PM on Thanksgiving Day.  The Lansing Donor Center, 1729 E. Saginaw Hwy., will be open from 6AM to 11:30AM on Thanksgiving Day.


“Everyday, platelet donors are needed to help people undergoing treatments for health issues involving neonatal intensive care, leukemia, cancer and aplastic anemia,” said Sharp.  “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, leukemia or other serious conditions.  Thanks to our platelet donors, the Red Cross is able to help many of these patients.”


The holidays are a particularly busy time of year so all eligible platelet donors are asked to call 1-866-725-2140 to make an appointment.




How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (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. 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.