Donors of all types needed in West Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Donors of all blood types are needed. During National Preparedness Month in September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a readily available blood supply for emergencies.

Donations decline around summer holidays like Labor Day. To thank those who come out to give Sept. 2-6, the Red Cross is providing a branded duffel bag, while supplies last. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Allegan

9/7/2016: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., American Legion, 632 Eastern Ave

Otsego

9/13/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Otsego Public Library, 401 Dix St

Douglas

9/14/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Saugatuck Brewing Company, 2948 Blue Star Memorial Highway

Wayland

9/14/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., United Church of Wayland, 411 Superior Street

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Ottawa

Holland

9/2/2016: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Avenue

9/7/2016: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Herrick District Library, 300 South River Ave

Spring Lake

9/8/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., First Baptist Church  Of Spring Lake, 118 E. Exchange Street

Holland

9/12/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th Street

9/15/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Avenue

How to donate blood:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive.

>>>>To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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