Red Cross reports urgent shortage of blood and platelets

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The American Red Cross is facing an urgent shortage of blood and platelets and must collect 10,000 blood products each week over the next month to restore the blood supply to meet the needs of hospitals and patients. Donors of all blood groups – especially group O – and platelet donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate.

The Red Cross reports that blood supplies have dropped to the lowest post-summer levels since 2015, sometimes with less than half a day’s supply in the past month.

“Fall is usually a time when the blood supply rebounds as donors are more available to donate than during the busy summer months, but this year presented a unique and serious challenge,” said Dr Pampee Young. , chief medical officer of the Red Cross. . “While it is clear that the pandemic continues to weigh heavily on our spirits, the Red Cross calls on the public to remember that donating blood and platelets is essential for the many patients who depend on life-saving transfusions every day. “

To donate blood, people must bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other pieces of identification required at check-in. People aged 17 in most states (16 with parental consent where state law allows), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

As a thank you, coupons and other incentives are available to all who donate until September 30. Several blood drives are planned across the region in the coming weeks. You can make an appointment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible using the Red Cross blood donor app, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Next blood donation opportunities from September 27 to October 15:

Arenac

Sandstone
10/22/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., St John’s Lutheran Church, 206 North Court Street
Standish
9/27/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Divine Shepherd Christian Community Church, 4335 West M-61
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the Bay

the city by the bay
9/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 242 Community Church, 2303 Amelith Rd.
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Genesee

Burton
09/28/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1227 E. Bristol Road

Fenton
10/11/2021: 12 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Fenton VFW Post, 1148 N. Leroy Street

Flint
09/26/2021: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
09/27/2021: 11:45 am – 6:45 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
09/28/2021: 11:45 am – 6:45 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
09/29/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/1/2021: 7:15 am – 2:30 pm, Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
02/10/2021: 7.15am – 2.30pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/03/2021: 7:15 am – 2:00 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
04/10/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/05/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/06/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/8/2021: 7.15am – 2.30pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/09/2021: 7.15am – 2.30pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/10/2021: 7:15 am – 2:00 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/11/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
12/10/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/13/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/15/2021: 7.15am – 2.30pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/16/2021: 7.15am – 2.30pm, Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/17/2021: 7:15 am – 2:00 pm, Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/18/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/19/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/20/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/22/2021: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/23/2021: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/24/2021: 7:15 am – 2:00 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/25/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/26/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/27/2021: 11:45 am – 6:30 pm, Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse

10/29/2021: 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Flint Blood Donor Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse
10/30/2021: 7.15 a.m. – 2.30 p.m., Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse

Rinsing
10/04/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Flushing Presbyterian Church, 5010 N. McKinley Road

Goodrich
10/7/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road

Great White
09/28/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Kirkridge Presbyterian Church Grand Blanc, 8070 Saginaw

Swartz Creek
10/7/2021: 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Swartz Creek United Methodist Church, 7400 Miller Road
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Gratiot

Alma
12/10/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 495 Charles

Ashley
10/26/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Ashley School, 104 N. New Street

Ithaca
10/05/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Thompson Home Public Library, 125 Center Street
10/25/2021: 8:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Ithaca High School, 710 N. Union St
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Huron

Pigeon
10/19/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Laker High School, 6136 Pigeon Road
Port-Esperance
10/13/2021: 1:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Port Hope AmVets Post 115, 8011 Rubicon M-25

Ubly
10/04/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Ubly Heights, 2409 E. Atwater
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Iosco

Oscoda
10/26/2021: 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Oscoda High School, 3550 River Road
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Isabelle

Blanchard
10/06/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Church of God Blanchard, 200 S. Fourth Street
Mount Pleasant
9/27/2021: 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Morey Courts Recreation Center, 5175 E. Remus Rd.

9/30/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 320 S. Bradley
10/1/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., College of Medicine, 1280 E. Campus Drive
10/13/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus Beal City, 2765 West Beal City Road
10/22/2021: 11:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Morey Courts Recreation Center, 5175 E. Remus Rd.
10/29/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1404 S. Crawford Road
Rosebush
10/19/2021: 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Rosebush Presbyterian Church, 3914 N Mission Rd

Weidman
10/26/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Weidman Community Center, 5918 W Bridge St
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Ogemaou

Western branch
10/06/2021: 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Holy Family Parish, 402 W. Peters Road
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Saginaw

Frankenmuth
10/27/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. Lorenz Worship and Events Center, 850 West Genesee Street
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Shiawassee

Durand
10/14/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Durand VFW Post 2272, 923 N. Saginaw

Laingsbourg
11/10/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., St Isidore Catholic Church, 310 Crum

Owosso
10/8/2021: 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Memorial Healthcare, 826 W. King Street
12/10/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Owosso VFW, 519 S. Chipman St
Pear
10/28/2021: 11:30 am – 5:15 pm, Perry Baptist Church, 217 S. Main Street
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Tuscola

Caro
06/10/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Caro United Methodist Church, 670 Gilford Road

City of Cass
10/5/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Cass City VFW Hall, 4533 Veterans Drive

Mayville
10/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 315 W. Ohmer Road




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