Red Cross Hosts Blood Drive, Emergency Preparedness Fair in Midland

June 7, 2013


Midland, MI—June 5—We all know that summertime can bring severe weather to Michigan.  That’s why the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive and Emergency Preparedness Fair at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Midland (1700 W. Sugnet Road).  The event takes place from 10AM to 3:45PM on Saturday, June 15 and will feature fun and educational activities for the entire family.  


Everyone who comes out to donate blood will be entered to win a ‘Summer Fun in Michigan’ ticket package, which includes two tickets to Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing and the August 18 NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.


The Preparedness Fair will include exhibits and demonstrations from a variety of local, state and federal agencies, including the Midland Fire Department, Michigan State Police, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The participating agencies will provide emergency kits, finger printing, HAM radio demonstrations, first-aid training, tips on food storage and more.


Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day. The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign, which runs through September 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.


Individuals can visit to make an appointment to donate and share their donation story.




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 650 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.