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The American Red Cross' origins and how you can help
The American Red Cross' origins and how you can help

 

World Red Cross Day is May 8, and the organization is encouraging you to celebrate its founder’s birthday by donating blood.

Henry Dunant founded the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement after witnessing a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy in 1859. Dunant, a Swiss businessman, organized local people to come to the aid of the injured soldiers.  When he returned to Geneva, he called for the creation of a national volunteer relief society to help during wartime.  Today, more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies exist worldwide.

If you’d like to donate blood, these are the scheduled drives through May 29: 

CITY

DATE

LOCATION

SITE ADDRESS

HOURS

Grand Haven

05/03/2013

Grand Haven First Presbyterian Church

508 Franklin

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

05/03/2013

Holland Fire Station 1

131 Riley Street

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Holland

05/06/2013

Third Reformed Church

111 W. 13th Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Wayland

05/08/2013

United Church of Wayland

411 Superior Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Dorr

05/09/2013

St Stanislaus Catholic School

1861 136th Avenue

1:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Hudsonville

05/10/2013

Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church

3617 Hillcrest Road

11:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Hopkins

05/11/2013

Hopkins Elementary School

400 Clark St

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Zeeland

05/13/2013

Third Christian Reformed Church

10 W. Central Avenue

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Douglas

05/14/2013

St Peters Catholic Church

100 Saint Peters Dr

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Grand Haven

05/14/2013

GHSP

1250 S. Beechtree

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Allegan

05/15/2013

Allegan General Hospital

555 Linn Street

11:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Holland

05/16/2013

Holland Fire Station 1

131 Riley Street

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Grand Haven

05/20/2013

Second Reformed Church

1000 Waverly

2:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Holland

05/21/2013

WOW Center

12330 James Street, Block H130

11:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Grandville

05/22/2013

Hanley Christian Reformed Church

O-372 Jackson St

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Allegan

05/23/2013

Allegan Alternative High School

550 Fifth St

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Allegan

05/23/2013

Allegan United Methodist Church

409 Trowbridge Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

05/23/2013

Eagle Crest Charter Academy

11950 Riley St.

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Spring Lake

05/23/2013

First Baptist Church  Of Spring Lake

118 E. Exchange Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

05/24/2013

Central Park Reformed Church

614 Myrtle Ave

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

05/24/2013

Holland Hospital

602 Michigan Avenue

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Hopkins

05/25/2013

Sandy Pines

2745 136th Avenue

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Grand Rapids

05/28/2013

American Red Cross

1050 Fuller Avenue NE

11:30 AM - 4:15 PM

 

Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states),  weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in generally good health. Donors are asked to bring a Red Cross blood donor card or another form of identification.

For more information on how to donate blood to or volunteer for the Red Cross, visit the organization’s website or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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