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Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives

 

 

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in

Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

 

In Doubt About Giving Blood? You Could Be Eligible.

Some health concerns not an issue when donating

 

Lansing, MI—October 25—Think you’re not a good candidate for blood donation? Think again. Sometimes, people with high blood pressure and diabetes suspect they are not eligible to give blood. Many cancer survivors also believe they will be deferred because of their previous illness.

 

“But that’s not always the case,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. “We’re working to dispel myths and to educate people about who can give blood and when.”

 

In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, although only about five percent do.  The most common reason someone might not be able to give on any given day is low hemoglobin. And Red Cross officials say that measure of iron in red blood cells can often be improved by eating more iron-rich foods or by talking to your doctor about taking iron supplements.

 

“The good thing is, most deferrals are for short periods of time,” said Kulman “Most of the time, people can monitor and address the cause, and then come back to give blood again.”

 

Donors with high blood pressure, for instance, can give blood as long as their condition is controlled. And diabetics can give if their blood sugar is controlled with diet, oral medication or with most insulins. Some cancer survivors can also donate. Donors with a history of nonhematologic cancer must be cancer-free for one year, have completed all their treatments, and meet all other eligibility criteria.

 

“We encourage anyone who is in good general health to consider giving blood,” said Kulman “If you like to help people, the Red Cross is the place to be, and has the right volunteer opportunity just for you.”

 

 

The following is a list of blood drives in your area through November 27:

 

 

CITY

DATE

LOCATION

SITE ADDRESS

HOURS

Allegan

 10/29/2013

Allegan Alternative High School

550 Fifth St

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Grandville

 10/30/2013

Hanley Christian Reformed Church

O-372 Jackson St

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Grand Rapids

 10/31/2013

Rehmann

2330 East Paris Ave SE

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Zeeland

 10/31/2013

Howard Miller Community Center

14 S. Church Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

 11/01/2013

Intersection Ministries

945 136th Avenue

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Holland

 11/04/2013

Harderwyk Ministries

1627 W. Lakewood Blvd.

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Grand Haven

 11/05/2013

GHSP

1250 S. Beechtree

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Otsego

 11/06/2013

Otsego VFW Post 3030

124 North Farmer St

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Allegan

 11/07/2013

Griswold Auditorium

401 Hubbard Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Grand Haven

 11/08/2013

Second Christian Reformed Church

2021 Sheldon Road

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Hudsonville

 11/08/2013

Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church

3617 Hillcrest Road

11:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Holland

 11/10/2013

First United Methodist Church

57 W. 10th Street

8:30 AM - 2:15 PM

Grand Rapids

 11/12/2013

Aquinas College

1607 Robinson Road SE

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Saugatuck

 11/12/2013

Saugatuck High School

401 Elizabeth

9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Allendale

 11/14/2013

Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

Grand Valley State University

11:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Spring Lake

 11/14/2013

First Baptist Church  Of Spring Lake

118 E. Exchange Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

 11/15/2013

Western Seminary

101 East 13th Street

9:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Coopersville

 11/18/2013

Coopersville United Methodist Church

105 N. 68th Avenue

12:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Grand Haven

 11/18/2013

Hope Reformed Church

14932 Mercury Drive

1:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Holland

 11/18/2013

Third Reformed Church

111 W. 13th Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

 11/20/2013

Hope College Maas Center

264 Columbia Avenue

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Wayland

 11/20/2013

United Church of Wayland

411 Superior Street

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Holland

 11/21/2013

Intersection Ministries

945 136th Avenue

1:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Grand Rapids

 11/22/2013

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

311 State St

10:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Holland

 11/22/2013

Central Park Reformed Church

614 Myrtle Ave

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Fennville

 11/25/2013

Fennville Community Athletic Center

5 Memorial Drive

12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Grand Haven

 11/26/2013

Grand Haven Community Center

421 Columbus Ave

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

 

 

 

 

 

How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

 

About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.     

                                                                                    

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