Local blood drives look to help those in need

OSCEOLA COUNTY — In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, although only about 5 percent do. The most common reason someone might not be able to give on any given day is low hemoglobin. And Red Cross officials say that measure of iron in red blood cells can often be improved by eating more iron-rich foods or by talking to your doctor about taking iron supplements.

Below is a list of upcoming blood drives in Mecosta and Osceola counties:

  • Noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, located at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at the Department of Public Safety, located at 435 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids.
  • Noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Ferris State University West Campus Community Center, located at 1414 Family Drive in Big Rapids.
  • Noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Evart United Methodist Church, located at 619 Cherry St. in Evart.