Blood drive slated for Tuesday

MANISTEE — Blood donors make a lifesaving difference. More than 4 million Americans would die each year without blood transfusions.

Blood is a perishable resource that can be stored only for a short time. That’s why blood donors are needed every day.

Kennedy Elementary School is hosting Michigan Blood for a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday in the school library.

The elementary school has sponsored 23 blood drives since March 2008. This has resulted in 531 pints of blood donated which has benefited up to 1,593 people in need.

Donating blood not only save lives, it will boost the community blood supply at times when blood needs are constantly increasing. Every time a person donates blood, it could save as many as three lives. Anyone age 17 (and 16 with parental permission) and older who weighs at least 110 pounds is eligible to give.

Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit blood bank that provides blood for 38 hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This includes the West Shore Medical Center in Manistee. Serving Michigan hospitals is the top priority for Michigan Blood, which collects more than 115,000 blood donations each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,700 mobile blood drives statewide.

Appointments are preferred but not necessary. To make an appointment, contact Matt Phillips at mphillips@manistee.org, call 1-866-MIBLOOD or online at www.miblood.org.

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