ISHPEMING - The Michigan Department of Transportation encourages state employees and the general public to give the gift of life by donating blood at the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center Tuesday.
The Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center will have its mobile collection vehicle at the facility from noon to 2 p.m. The TSC is located at 100 S. Westwood Drive in Ishpeming.
"We might take it for granted that there will be blood available when our families or friends need it," said Harmony Michaud, the MDOT employee coordinating the event. "Everyone who is able to donate blood needs to help out to make sure there is enough to go around."
According to Sallie Coron, coordinator of blood collections for the U.P. Regional Blood Center, a donation of 10 minutes and 1 pint of blood can help save three lives.
"We currently have an urgent need for all types of blood," Coron said. "Our blood supply at this point never seems to be able to keep up with the usage. Every drop counts. Someone out there needs a little of your blood a lot."
Blood donors should follow the following guidelines:
- It should be at least eight weeks since your last donation.
- You must be at least 17 years of age.
- You must weigh at least 110 pounds.
- You should bring identification.
- You should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids within two hours prior to donation.
If possible, those interested in donating should call the U.P. Regional Blood Centerat 225-7132 or the Ishpeming TSC at 485-4270 ahead of time to sign up.
Refreshments will be provided.
For more information about the U.P. Regional Blood Center, visit ww4.mgh.org/blood.