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My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation
My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives:

  • Aug. 12, 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  Martin United Methodist Church
  • Aug. 15, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Grand Haven First Presbyterian Church
  • Aug. 17, 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Spring Lake
  • Aug. 18, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. BSI Healthcare, Kentwood
  • Aug. 19, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Holland
  • Aug. 20, 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Holland Event Center
  • Aug. 21, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Hamilton Reformed Church, Hamilton
  • Aug. 21, 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Intersection Ministries, Holland
  • Aug 21, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Gun Plains Township Hall, Plainwell
  • Aug. 22, 12 p.m. -4:45 p.m. American Red Cross, Holland
  • Aug. 25, 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Hope Reformed Church, Grand Haven
  • Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Holland Aquatic Center
  • Aug. 29, 12 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids
  • Aug. 29, 12 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Wal-Mart of Wyoming (355 54th St. SW)
  • Aug. 30, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Sandy Pines, Hopkins
  • Sept. 2, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. USF Holland
  • Sept. 3, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Herrick District Library, Holland

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.