Donate blood and give more life

GENESEE COUNTY — The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Genesee County, Dec. 16-31:


Dec. 20: 12-5:45 p.m., Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse


Dec. 21: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Lakeville Memorial High School, 12455 Wilson Road

Swartz Creek

Dec. 21: 12-5:45 p.m., Swartz Creek United Methodist Church, 7400 Miller Road


Dec. 26: 12-5:45 p.m., Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse


Dec. 26: 12-5:45 p.m., United Methodist Church, 158 E. State Road


Dec. 27: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., St. Roberts Church, 310 N. Cherry Street


Dec. 29: 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Courtland Center, 4190 E. Court Street


Dec. 29: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., St. Johns Church Activities Center, 600 N. Adelaide Street

To donate blood simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. – G.G.

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