There is so much to love about Michigan in the summertime! It’s no surprise that as the weather warms up, the community blood supply experiences a “summer-slump” as many people are out enjoying all that Michigan has to offer. That’s why several Michigan-based businesses are teaming up with Michigan Blood to give people a chance to show their state pride while boosting the local blood supply.
Anyone who attempts to donate during the annual Love Michigan blood drive at Michigan Blood donor centers throughout the Lower Peninsula will receive a thank-you gift bag with Michigan-made products. The reusable bag provided by Meijer will include a special-edition retro “Say Yes to Michigan” T-shirt (a $28 value from The Mitten State) along with other donated products from Old Orchard Juice, Better Made Potato Chips, and Country Fresh Ice Cream.
"We're thrilled to be a part of the Michigan Blood summer blood drive for a third consecutive year,” says Will Bransdorfer, co-founder of The Mitten State. “It's a pleasure to see the event grow in popularity each successive summer and to see our fans get excited to give back to the community. It's an event that makes us proud to be from Michigan."
“We know how much people treasure this state and the local communities,” said Jim Childress, vice president of community relations at Michigan Blood. “Love Michigan is a fun way to bring people together for a common cause to support more than forty Michigan hospitals, and all the patients who are counting on lifesaving blood donations.”
It takes more than two thousand donations to Michigan Blood every week to support local hospitals including Spectrum Health, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, and Metro. The Love Michigan event will help assure that those numbers stay strong even in the heart of the summer season. Dates and times vary by location. Appointments are strongly recommended.
1036 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49503
July 1-3 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
CLOSED July 4
July 5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Any healthy person seventeen or older (or sixteen with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every fifty-six days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.
Appointments are recommended for donor convenience. Walk- ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 866-miblood (642-5663) or click here https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.
Source: Michigan Blood