The Red Cross is asking for donations, saying there is a critical need for blood at this time of year.
Red Cross spokespersons say that type O blood is in very short supply after the holiday weeks. Right now they only have a three day supply of type O blood on hand.
During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s there are about 500 fewer blood drives hosted due to winter weather and the holidays.
“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”
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The NFL has teamed up with the Red Cross to help increase donations. If you donate blood or platelets between January 1-19, you will be entered into a drawing to go see the Super Bowl live. One winner will get two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.
Upcoming blood drives:
1/7/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., American Legion, 410 E Orleans
1/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Douglas Community Church, 6874 Wiley Road
1/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., United Church of Wayland, 411 Superior Street
1/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Dorr Christian Reformed Church, 4220 18th Street
1/24/2020: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Allegan Alternative High School, 550 Fifth St
1/29/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Griswold Auditorium, 401 Hubbard Street
1/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., SpendMend, 2680 Horizon Dr SE
1/16/2020: 2 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., American Legion Post 179, 2327 Wilson Ave SW
1/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave NE
1/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave
1/7/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Faith United Reformed Church, 8270 120th Avenue
1/9/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., USF Holland, 700 Waverly Ave
1/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Hathaway Lakes, 16927 Birchview Dr
1/10/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church, 3617 Hillcrest Road
1/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Third Reformed Church, 111 W. 13th Street
1/15/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center, Grand Valley State University, One Campus Drive
1/16/2020: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Avenue
1/17/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave
1/17/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Central Park Reformed Church, 614 Myrtle Ave
1/17/2020: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., City on a Hill Ministries, 100 Pine Street
1/20/2020: 12 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Third Christian Reformed Church, 10 W. Central Avenue
1/21/2020: 12 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Sekisui SPI, 1305 Lincoln Ave
1/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Holland Hospital, 602 Michigan Avenue
1/27/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Fifth Third Bank, 36 E. 8th Street
1/28/2020: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue
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