Be someone’s hero, donate blood

There are tons of pictures out there of people donating blood, but this one really caught my attention this morning. This is Dave Thunell. He’s a student at Utah State University and donated blood back in August of 2012 in Logan, Utah. By the looks of it, I’d say he’s having a blast and enjoying the fact that his short time donating could save a life! He almost looks like a super hero! “To infinity, and beyond!” He just needs a cape.

While you may have a superhero costume or two lying around from Halloween, you don’t need it to be a real lifesaver. Many children and adults need blood every day and you could help them by taking a small amount of time out of your day (Plus, you get a cookie!). There are several drives in West Michigan over the next couple of weeks and we’re still dealing with the Hurricane Sandy situation. More than 300 blood drives had to be canceled along the East Coast because of the storm.. meaning people couldn’t donate.. meaning we need your help!

Even if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or are a cancer survivor, you may still be eligible.  Here’s the breakdown on how that works. If you have your high blood pressure under control, you can donate! It’s a similar situation for diabetics. As long as your blood sugar is controlled by diet, medications, or insulin, you’re also good to go! As for cancer survivors, people with a history of nonhematologic cancer have to be cancer-free for a year and be done with treatments.

Keep in mind, the Great Lakes Blood Services Region needs about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals here in Michigan. That’s almost 84 gallons! Every day!

Here’s a list of places you can donate through the month of November. I’ll be sure to add to the list as we get more on the calendar!

Wednesday, Nov. 7

United Church of Wayland, 12-5:45 p.m.
411 Superior St.
Wayland

Knights of Columbus, 12:30 – 6:15 p.m.
2915 Fairfield
Muskegon

Thursday, Nov. 8

Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus, 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1700 Clinton
Muskegon

Muskegon Blood Donation Center, 1 – 6:45 p.m.
313 W. Webster
Muskegon

Friday, Nov. 9

Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church, 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
3617 Hillcrest Rd.
Hudsonville

Sunday, Nov. 11

First United Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
57 W. 10th St.
Holland

Monday, Nov. 12

St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, 12 – 5:45 p.m.
150 W. Church St.
Twin Lake

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Muskegon Blood Donation Center, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
313 W. Webster
Muskegon

Otsego VFW Post 3030, 12 – 5:45 p.m.
124 North Farmer St.
Otsego

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Martin High School, 9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1556 Chalmers
Martin

Thursday, Nov. 15

Muskegon Blood Donation Center, 1 – 6:45 p.m.
313 W. Webster
Muskegon

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Hesperia High School, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
96 Division St.
Hesperia

Muskegon Blood Donation Center, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
313 W. Webster
Muskegon

Wednesday, Nov. 21

All Saints Catholic Church, 12 – 5:45 p.m.
510 Iroquois
Fremont

Fruitport Eagles Club, 12:30 – 6:15 p.m.
3354 S. Dangl
Muskegon

Friday, Nov. 23

YMCA, 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
900 W. Western Ave.
Muskegon

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Muskegon Blood Donation Center, 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
313 W. Webster
Muskegon

Reid Entities, 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2265 Black Creek Rd.
Muskegon

VFW Hall, 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
802 S. State St.
Hart

Wednesday, Nov. 28

White Cloud High School, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
555 E. Wilcox
White Cloud

Thursday, Nov. 29

Montague VFW, 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
9370 Walsh Rd.
Montague

Muskegon Blood Donation Center, 1 – 6:45 p.m.
313 W. Webster
Muskegon

For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell

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