The American Red Cross calls on eligible donors with all blood types

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. Patients, however, do not get a vacation from needing blood — the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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

  • From noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Ferris State University West Campus Community Center, located at 1414 Family Drive
  • From 1 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 19778 U.S. 10 in Reed City
  • From 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, at Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, located at 435 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids
  • From 1 to 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at New Hope United Methodist Church, located at 7296 9 Mile Road in Mecosta
  • From noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, located at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids