Blood banks are hoping to get more people willing to donate the gift of life during what is considered a "summer slump" period.
To help boost donations, some Michigan based businesses are also getting on board by teaming up with Michigan Blood .
Anyone who donates blood during the annual Love Michigan blood drive at Michigan Blood donor centers throughout the Lower Peninsula will receive a thank-you gift bag with Michigan-made products.
The reusable bag provided by Meijer will include a special-edition retro "Say Yes to Michigan" t-shirt (a $28 value from The Mitten State) along with other donated products from Old Orchard Juice, Better Made Potato Chips, and Country Fresh Ice Cream.
"We're thrilled to be a part of the Michigan Blood summer blood drive for a third consecutive year," says Will Bransdorfer, Co-Founder of The Mitten State. "It's a pleasure to see the event grow in popularity each successive summer and to see our fans get excited to give back to the community. It's an event that makes us proud to be from Michigan."
"We know how much people treasure this state and the local communities," said Jim Childress, Vice President of Community Relations at Michigan Blood. "Love Michigan is a fun way to bring people together for a common cause to support more than 40 Michigan hospitals, and all the patients who are counting on lifesaving blood donations."
It takes more than 2000 donations to Michigan Blood every week to support local hospitals including Munson Medical Center and West Shore Medical Center. The Love Michigan event will help assure that those numbers stay strong even in the heart of the summer season. Dates and times vary by location.
Appointments are strongly recommended for Michigan Blood's Traverse City donor center:
July 1 - 3 â?¢ 10:30 am - 6 pm
July 5 â?¢ 7:30 am - 3 pm
Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID). For additional information on donating blood, check out www.miblood.org.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood.