Special Memorial Day Giveaways for Platelet Donors

May 20, 2010

Ready, Set, Give!

Lansing, MITo help raise awareness about the need for platelet donations during the summer months, the American Red Cross will offer special prizes and giveaways to all presenting platelets donors this Memorial Day holiday.


Memorial Day is the beginning of the summer holiday and travel season for many individuals, but the need for blood and blood products never takes a vacation.  In the Lansing area alone, approximately 40 units of platelets are needed everyday to help patients in need. 


Apheresis is the collection of platelets, a part of the blood that helps produce clotting.  Platelets are given to help treat patients with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other diseases.  Donors can give platelets every seven days, or up to 24 times a year, and each donation can save up to three lives.


To raise awareness this Memorial Day weekend, the American Red Cross will offer a special holiday T-shirt to all presenting donors at the Lansing Donor Center between May 26and June 2.  In addition, all presenting platelet donors on May 31 will be entered for a chance to win a family four-pack of Lansing Lugnuts tickets.  


In an effort to encourage individuals to become platelet donors, the American Red Cross also holds special monthly drawings for anyone who comes out to donate platelets.  Prizes for these raffles include a 22” self-propelled lawn mower for May and a high-performance men’s/women’s mountain bike for June.


The Lansing Donor Center is located at 1729 East Saginaw Street.  Hours of operation:  Monday-Wednesday 6a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday 6:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Friday 6a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 8a.m – 2p.m. First time donors are encouraged to make an appointment during normal business hours 8a.m. – 5p.m.  For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (866) 725-2140.



 About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 80 units of platelets a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state.In addition to supplying nearly half of the nation’s blood and blood products, 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.