michigan blood 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