Give the Gift of Life at Two Holiday Blood Drives in Boyne City, Petoskey

December 13, 2012

Red Cross, Lite 96.3FM Encourage You To 'Give Something That Means Something' This Holiday Season


The American Red Cross and Lite 96.3FM are encouraging everyone to ‘give something that means something’ this holiday season by rolling-up their sleeves and donating blood at two holiday blood drives.


“During the winter months—especially December—the need for blood donations increase due to the busy holiday season and poor weather conditions,” said Biz Bauer, Donor Recruitment Representative with the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “Without the strong support of Lite 96.3FM and our blood drive sponsors, we would not be able to fulfill our life-saving mission by providing blood to those in need.”


The first blood drive will be held from 11AM – 4:45PM on Thursday, December 20 at Community of Christ Church (777 Vogel, Boyne City). The drive is being sponsored by the Boyne Area Kiwanis Club and The Brook Retirement Communities.  Lite 96.3FM will be broadcast live from the event beginning at 11AM.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive a Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.


Petoskey-area residents get the chance to donate from 9:30AM – 3:15PM on Monday, December 24 at the American Red Cross (2350 Mitchell Park Dr., Petoskey).  This special Christmas Eve blood drive is sponsored by the Petoskey Kiwanis Club and also includes a live broadcast from Lite 96.3FM beginning at 10AM.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive a special Red Cross “Holiday Hero” lapel pin, while supplies last.


“Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood products,” said Bauer.  “The need is constant.  Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.  Your donation can give a patient another holiday season with loved ones.”


For more information on blood donations or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit



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.                                                                                                                                        11/12AP526