Invite new members to the lifesaving club of blood donors
Sometimes, all it takes is an invitation. If it's a friend or family member doing the asking chances of getting a "yes" are even greater. This month, Michigan Blood is inviting blood donors to bring someone new into the lifesaving club. It's all part of the Be Somebody, Bring Somebody event, going on statewide at our donor centers August 27th through the 30th.
As a non-profit independent community blood bank, Michigan Blood counts on voluntary donors to make sure enough blood is available to help patients at more than 40 Michigan hospitals. More than 120,000 units of blood must be collected each year to fill the need. Still, many potential blood donors in communities across the state tell us one of the main reasons they haven't stepped up to help meet the need, is simply because they've never been asked.
Eileen Pawlicki recently invited her 16-year-old daughter along to donate for the first time at Michigan Blood's Kalamazoo area donor center. Savannah Pawlicki-Mason says when her mom called to say she was going to donate, she didn't hesitate to go along. "It's one of the easiest ways to give back, and it's not something you can make in a lab" says Savannah. She added "it was a fun experience that I'm looking forward to doing again."
During the Be Somebody, Bring Somebody campaign both current and new donors to Michigan Blood will receive a Michigan Blood Club T-shirt. Returning donors who bring along someone new to Michigan Blood will not only get the shirt, but a chance to win an adventure package from one of four popular family-fun destinations, thanks to generous donations from:
- Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Water Park (Frankenmuth, MI): Splashtastic Getaway Package for family of four, includes two nights lodging, waterpark passes, Zehnder's all you can eat chicken dinner, (2) breakfast buffets and one "pizza party" www.zehnders.com/hotel/packages.htm
- Frederic Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids): Family membership, plus two tickets to any concert in the 2014 outdoor concert series www.meijergardens.org
- Great Wolf Lodge (Traverse City): One night in family suite, 4 water park passes www.greatwolf.com
- Binder Park Zoo (Battle Creek): Yearlong Family Membership and Ride Pass www.binderparkzoo.org
Dates and times vary by donor center location. In Grand Rapids:
Be Somebody, Bring Somebody
Grand Rapids Main Donor Center
1036 Fuller Ave NE
August 27-29, 8am-7pm
August 30, 8am-4pm
Appointments are recommended for donor convenience. Walk ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or click https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.
Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 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.
About Michigan Blood
Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit blood bank that provides blood for hospitals across Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Serving Michigan hospitals is the top priority for Michigan Blood, which collects more than 110,000 pints of blood each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,700 mobile blood drives statewide. Related services available from Michigan Blood include a nationally recognized blood stem cell (marrow) program, therapeutic apheresis, DNA tissue-typing, transfusion medicine consultations, and Michigan's first public cord blood bank. Michigan Blood is a member of America's Blood Centers, a network of community blood banks spanning North America that together provide half the US blood supply. For more information, visit www.miblood.org.