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'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross
'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donations helped save the life of Cody Hermeling after a devastating car crash.  During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Hermeling a three-percent chance of survival.   It took expert care and 187 units of donated blood and platelets for him to survive.  Hermeling and his family and friends will celebrate his life by donating blood and platelets this holiday season.

 “Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.” 

 The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients nationwide.   If you would like to donate, the following blood drives are scheduled in WZZM 13 My Town communities:

  • Dec. 6, 2013- Intersection Ministries in Holland, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 9, 2013- Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven, 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 10, 2013- Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 17, 2013- Drenthe Christian Reformed Church, 1 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 19, 2013- Intersection Ministries in Holland, 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 20, 2013- Grand Haven First Presbyterian Church, 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 20, 2013- North Ottawa Community Hospital, 10 a.m.-5:45 pm.
  • Dec. 20, 2013- Holland Hospital, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 22, 2013- St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake, 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the American Red Cross website here.

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