DETROIT — The American Red Cross revealed Tuesday it is experiencing a severe blood shortage as trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries continue to rise. The organization said donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood or those giving platelets.
According to the Red Cross, hospitals are currently responding to an “atypically high number” of traumas and emergency room visits.
“When seconds count in emergency trauma situations, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can make the difference in lifesaving care,” said Dr. Barry Siegfried, medical director of the Red Cross Michigan Region.
“As many people begin to enjoy travel and time with loved ones again this summer, patients are relying on the generosity of donors to help ensure they have access to the treatment they need. Please consider blood donation as a summer activity that can help save lives.”
Below is a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities, June 15-30:
- 6/24/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Third Coast Community Church, 6069 Blue Star Highway
- 6/15/2021: 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., English Hills Terrace, 5179 West River Drive NE
- 6/17/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., American Red Cross West Michigan, 3886 Broadmoor Ave SE
- 6/18/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., RiverTown Crossings, 3700 Rivertown Pkwy
- 6/28/2021: 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Northlawn United Methodist, 1157 Northlawn St NE
- 6/29/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., RiverTown Crossings, 3700 Rivertown Pkwy
- 6/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Holiday Inn Express Holland, 12381 Felch St
- 6/16/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Parkside Bible Church, 14461 James St
- 6/17/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Life Stream Church, 6561 Lake Michigan Drive
- 6/17/2021: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Avenue
- 6/18/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Harvest Church, 12900 US-31
- 6/21/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap
- 6/22/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 246 W. Main Ave
- 6/24/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., St Patrick- St Anthony Parish, 920 Fulton Ave
- 6/25/2021: 10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Avenue
- 6/25/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Faith Christian Reformed Church, 85 West 26th
- 6/28/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Faith Christian Reformed Church, 85 West 26th
- 6/29/2021: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Drenthe Christian Reformed Church, 6344 Adams Street
- 6/30/2021: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Elks Lodge #1315, 569 E 24th Street
As an incentive and as a thank you, the Red Cross is giving a $5 Amazon gift card via email to anybody who gives blood now through June 30. Appointments to donate blood can be made here.
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