Red Cross Blood drives to be held in Arenac and Ogemaw County


NORTHERN MICHIGAN — The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in both Ogemaw and Arenac Counties in the coming weeks along with National Blood Donor Month.

A blood drive will be held in West Branch Jan. 10 at the West Branch Church of God from noon to 5:45 p.m. Another will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Standish Jan. 28 from noon to 5:45 p.m. and the Rose City Chemical Bank will host a blood drive Feb. 4 from 1-6:45 p.m.

January has been designated National Blood Donor Month since 1970, according to a press release from the American Red Cross. Around 9.5 million volunteers donate blood each year.

“Blood donors are very special people whose only reward is typically the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped save someone’s life,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “January is the perfect time of year to honor blood donors and their commitment to saving lives.”

“Most everyone at some point in their lives will meet someone who has received blood products,” Kulman said. “Nearly 30 million blood products are transfused to 5 million patients a year. Those patients need blood for treatment of cancer and other serious diseases, for organ transplants, and for emergency care related to accidents and trauma.”

A full list of area Red Cross blood drives can be found below:

West Branch, 01/10/2013, West Branch Church of God, 601 Progress Street, 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

East Tawas, 01/14/2013, Knights of Columbus Hall, 821 Newman, 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Lake City, 01/18/2013, Lake City Christian Reformed Church, 1657 S. Morey Road, 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Houghton Lake, 01/21/2013, St. Johns Lutheran Church, 2888 W. Houghton Lake Road, 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Merritt, 01/24/2013, Merritt Butterfield Methodist Church, 428 S. Merritt Road, 1:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Standish, 01/28/2013, Standish Knights of Columbus Hall, 4335 West M-61, 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Oscoda, 01/30/2013, Oscoda High School Gym, 3550 River Road, 8:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Rose City, 02/04/2013, Chemical Bank, 508 Bennett Street, 1:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Oscoda, 02/05/2013, Oscoda American Legion, 349 N. State Street, 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM


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