Season of giving starts from within

October 28, 2009
News Release
Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region
December 2009
Media Contact: Bridget Tuohey, 313-576-4184, cell 313-549-5414

Public urged to kick-off holidays by donating blood
Michigan residents can give at least three meaningful gifts this holiday season without visiting stores, browsing catalogs, or shopping on-line.
By donating blood through the American Red Cross in the next few weeks, community members can help save the lives of up to three people, and help offset the slump in blood collections that typically occurs around the winter holidays.
“The season of giving starts from within,” said Diane Ward, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We’re hopeful the holidays will inspire people to give the gift of life and help hospital patients who depend on steady, consistent blood collections year-round.”
Blood donations can taper off between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when people are busy with shopping, planning festivities or gatherings, community and family activities, or travel. Conversely, blood needs can increase as people injured in seasonal roadway accidents may require emergency transfusions. Regardless of the time of year, the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross needs about 900 people to come to donate blood every day to ensure an adequate supply of blood for patients in 43 Southeastern Michigan hospitals.
“Your donation can take on extra meaning this time of year,” said Diane Ward. “What other gift can you give in about an hour that can help save someone’s life?”
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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 Southeastern Michigan serves five counties, and needs to collect about 900 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 43 hospitals. In addition to supplying nearly half 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. 10/09APxxx