Saving patients’ lives is the basis for everything we do. Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit blood bank that provides blood for 75 hospitals throughout Michigan. Serving Michigan hospitals is the top priority for Michigan Blood, which collects more than 125,000 blood donations each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,600 mobile blood drives statewide. Related services available from Michigan Blood include a nationally recognized stem cell (marrow) program, therapeutic apheresis, DNA tissue-typing, transfusion medicine consultations, and Michigan’s first public cord blood bank.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood – this means the need for blood never ends. During long holiday weekends, blood donations tend to be low. This is typically because people are traveling or enjoying time with family, and blood donations are not at the top of their minds.
In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we’re inviting blood donors to double their impact. Michigan Blood will be collecting donations of new school supplies to provide essential teaching tools to children in our local community.
Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 112 pounds may be eligible to donate (females age 18 and under must weigh 120 pounds). The donation process takes about an hour and includes a mini-health history and screening, the actual donation, and post donation recovery with juice and cookies. Most donors can return to normal activity right away.
Michigan Blood is a nonprofit, self-supporting organization holding FDA license #1839 and is licensed by Michigan Department of Community Health.