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Life-saving blood donations needed in January throughout Michigan

Life-saving blood donations needed in January throughout Michigan

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is encouraging Michigan residents to make an appointment to donate life-saving blood in Michigan.

All blood types are needed, especially O-negative blood, which is the universal blood type given to patients in emergency situations and those undergoing surgery. Here are some of Versiti’s local community blood drives scheduled this month:

MORLEY

1-7 p.m. Jan. 11

Morley Community Center

151 7th St.

KENTWOOD

Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 14

Kentwood Area Donor Site at Heritage Baptist Church
1570 60th St. SE

CEDAR SPRINGS

12:30-7 p.m. Jan. 19

Cedar Springs Area Donor Site at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

CALEDONIA

Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 25

Caledonia Area Donor Site at American Legion No. 305
9548 Cherry Valley Ave. SE

KENTWOOD

Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 28

Kentwood Area Donor Site at Heritage Baptist Church
1570 60th St. SE

More local community drives throughout the state can be found at versiti.org/Michigan. Michigan residents can also donate blood at any Versiti donor center. The nearest is in Grand Rapids, at 1036 Fuller NE.

To ensure everyone’s safety during continuing coronavirus concerns, Versiti employees wear face masks or cloth face coverings and are temperature tested before their shifts. Donors are also temperature tested and prescreened before their donation. All donors are asked to wear their own face covering during their appointment.

Social distancing is being practiced at all Versiti blood drives throughout Michigan. Versiti is efficiently cleaning and disinfecting all facilities and equipment at all drives.

Donating blood takes about an hour. Anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to donate blood. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-866-642-5663 or visit Versiti online at http://www.versiti.org/Michigan.

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, formerly Michigan Blood, has collected blood throughout the state since 1955. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, the non-profit organization provides blood products and services to more than 80 Michigan hospitals, collects nearly 115,000 units of blood each year at eight donation centers and conducts more than 3,400 local community blood drives throughout the state. For more, visit versiti.org/Michigan.

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