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WEST MICHIGAN -- The Red Cross needs more blood.
Lori Surge, the local Red Cross blood program coordinator, is issuing yet another plea for donations. She said the agency's donor program -- which helps supply 127 hospitals in Michigan -- is trying to recuperate from a spate of cancellations in December because of the harsh winter weather. Surge estimates the cancellations led to a loss of more than 1,300 donations.
The blood drives are open to the public. No appointment is necessary. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.
January is National Blood Donor month. "It's the toughest month for our blood supply," said Miranda McAuliffe, donor campaign manager for the Brooklyn/Staten Island division of the New York Blood Center.
Groups that normally donate other months, decline sharply for a number of reasons during December. Holiday shopping, church activities, and school closings are just a few of the reasons Ms. McAuliffe cited for the decline.
To promote the donation of 500 extra units of blood from January 4-17, 2009 throughout the Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania counties in celebration of the Presidential Inauguration.
“Helping increase the blood supply in our region captures the positive spirit that we hope will help us to launch many community programs in the future. President Obama has helped many of us believe that we can again make a difference.”
Our O-Positive Program Team is derived from volunteers coming from the Be The Change-Baederwood group. All this germinated from the Barack Obama Campaign Headquarters, that was located in the Baederwood Shopping Center in Suburban Philadelphia.