The American Red Cross http://michiganradio.org en There's a blood shortage in Michigan because of the recent severe weather http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-blood-shortage-michigan-because-recent-severe-weather <p>Blood banks in Michigan had much lower donation rates this week due to the weather.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Blood is a non-profit blood bank that usually collects 2,200 units of blood every week.</p><p></p><p>Spokesman Jim Childress says this week, donations dropped to 800.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“We do need people to donate at a higher rate than they normally do, and take this very seriously and help out the nation's blood supply,” says Childress.</p><p></p><p>The group is offering donors $10 Meijer gift cards and expanding its hours of operation through next Friday.</p><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:41:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15977 at http://michiganradio.org There's a blood shortage in Michigan because of the recent severe weather Big need, but low supply for blood this time of year in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/big-need-low-supply-blood-time-year-michigan <p>Blood donations tend to drop at hospitals and clinics across Michigan at this time of year.</p><p>That's why officials are urging Michiganders to consider rolling up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift.</p><p>Dan Fox, with the American Red Cross, says between school vacations, snowy weather and busy schedules, the number of blood donations drop over the holidays, while the need for blood in local hospitals remains constant.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:59:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 15797 at http://michiganradio.org Big need, but low supply for blood this time of year in Michigan Grand Rapids teams up with Red Cross to help flooding, tornado victims in the South http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-teams-red-cross-help-flooding-tornado-victims-south <p>The city of Grand Rapids is joining efforts to help victims of major flooding and deadly tornados in the Southern United States.</p><p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/george-heartwell">Mayor George Heartwell</a> urged people to give whatever they&rsquo;re able to afford.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I feel so strongly that the suffering of any people anywhere needs to be our suffering. As long as there are people in need and we have the ability and the capacity to help address that need, it&rsquo;s critical for us to do that.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 10 May 2011 16:49:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2427 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids teams up with Red Cross to help flooding, tornado victims in the South