Charlevoix, Emmet blood drives scheduled to fill critical need

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.

The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors.

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Charlevoix
7/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Community Reformed Church, 100 Oak Street
7/17/2017: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Center Point Assembly, 5291 M-66 North

Petoskey
7/14/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., American Red Cross Petoskey, 2350 Mitchell Park Drive
7/20/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Building, 360 Connable

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