Celebrate the birth of a movement by donating blood

OSCEOLA COUNTY — You can celebrate the birth of a movement and help others in need by coming to donate blood in early May.

Thursday, May 8, marks World Red Cross Day, as well as the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of what is known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Dunant was a young Swiss businessman who advocated for the humane treatment of wartime sick and wounded. Dunant witnessed atrocities in 1859 during a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy, and organized local people to come to the aid of injured soldiers. Upon his return to Geneva, Dunant called for the creation of national volunteer relief societies to assist during wartime. His work pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions, and the formation of Red Cross societies worldwide, including the American Red Cross.

“We encourage everyone to help continue his legacy and help people in need, wherever they are,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. “Coming to donate blood to help hospital patients who need it for surgeries, cancer care, or to treat life-threatening accidents is one way you can help.”

Here is a list of local blood drives:

  • From noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at the Evart United Methodist Church, 619 Cherry St. in Evart
  • From noon to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19778 U.S. 10 in Reed City
  • From 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Chippewa Hills High School, 3226 Arthur Road in Remus
  • From 1 to 5:45 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at New Hope United Methodist Church, 7296 9 Mile Road in Mecosta
  • From Noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids