Red Cross: Give the gift of life this holiday season

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – It may not be the top item on your “to do” list this holiday season but the American Red Cross would like to change that.

The organization is calling for eligible donors to make appointments to give blood or platelets during the next few weeks.

With travel expected to be higher than usual the need for blood will also rise.

In addition, severe weather and seasonal illnesses will prevent some people who would normally donate to miss their opportunity.

Todd Kulman, External Communications Manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region explains “blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need.”

Blood donors of all types are needed now.

There are many opportunities to donate blood at community drives.

Here is a listing of upcoming events:

Clinton

Fowler
12/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Most Holy Trinity Church, 11144 W. Kent Street

Westphalia
1/3/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., St. Mary Church, 201 N Westphalia St
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Eaton

Lansing
12/22/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Delta Charter Township Building, 7710 West Saginaw Hwy

Grand Ledge
12/30/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Dart Bank, 1020 Charlevoix Dr

Eaton Rapids
1/9/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 600 South Main

Charlotte
1/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., American Legion Post 42, 1000 W Lawrence Ave

Lansing
1/14/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy
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Ingham

12/22/2016: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Capitol Commons Center, 400 S. Pine

East Lansing
12/23/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S. Harrison

Lansing
12/23/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
12/24/2016: 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
12/27/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Sparrow Hospital Professional Building, 1200 E. Michigan Avenue
12/28/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

Okemos
12/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Capital Honda, 2651 Jolly Rd

Lansing
12/30/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
12/31/2016: 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
1/4/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

Holt
1/5/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Holt Methodist Church, 2321 North Aurelius

Lansing
1/7/2017: 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
1/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

East Lansing
1/11/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Michigan State University International Center, 427 N Shaw Lane, Michigan State University

Lansing
1/11/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

East Lansing
1/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Michigan Education Association, 1216 Kendale Blvd, Box 1480
1/12/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Stockbridge
1/12/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Center Street

Lansing
1/14/2017: 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

Okemos
1/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., St. Martha Catholic Church, 1100 W. Grand River

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