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City to host blood drive on Jan. 3

• Dec 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

The City of Grand Haven will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. 

“Hosting a blood drive coincides with Grand Haven’s core values of giving back to the community,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a co-worker, loved one or neighbor.”

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients, and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross.

“The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition,” McGinnis added. “We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.”

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code: GrandHaven.

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