THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. (Jan. 26, 2022) – There is an urgent need for blood donations in Michigan. Versiti Blood Center reports it’s the lowest supply in decades, and numbers aren’t rebounding like they have in the past.
Crystal Mountain is partnering with Versiti to host a Community Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 inside the Crystal Center. Anyone who attempts to donate will receive a free pair of socks from Versiti, while supplies last, and will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to Crystal Mountain.
“The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on U.S. blood supply,” Heidi Robinson, Versiti account representative, said. “Thousands of community blood drives were canceled due to schools and businesses having to close their doors. But now, blood donation centers, schools and businesses are back open, and we are so grateful for those who step up and do their part to help save lives in their community.”
Blood donations made in northern Michigan stay in northern Michigan. It only takes about ten minutes to collect one unit of blood, but the overall process from registration to refreshments takes about an hour.
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1-866-643-5663 or visiting versiti.org/mi.
Here are some tips for a positive donation experience:
- Sleep, eat and hydrate before your donation
- Listen to music, read, or browse the internet while you donate
- Relax for 15 minutes, have a complimentary snack and take your time after you donate
“Just 15 pints of blood could help save up to 45 lives in northern Michigan,” Brittney Buti, Public Relations manager for Crystal Mountain said. “We can all make a positive impact on the community we’re in.”
For more information about donating blood, check out the Frequently Asked Questions on the Versiti website.