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Blood Supply Shortages Reported Throughout U.S.
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Red Cross ‘Race For Life’ Blood Drive Tuesday at Courtland Center

Some people wonder if they have made a difference in their lives. Blood donors don't have that problem. Every time you donate blood, you can save as many as three lives. Your donation is needed and it is meaningful. Summertime is a time when donations typically drop off, so you help is needed now.

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Red Cross Workers Strike in Michigan

I was supposed to donate platelets at the Flint Red Cross Donor Center this weekend. My appointment was canceled as more than 200 American Red Cross workers in Michigan went on strike this morning.

Staff members represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union and Teamsters walked out because of a dispute over health care benefits.

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Deferral For Blood Donors With Tattoos Eliminated by Red Cross

The American Red Cross Great Lakes Region will soon allow people who have had tattoos in the last 12 months to donate blood. The Red Cross uses the American Association of Blood Banking (AABB) standards on whether or not to defer persons who received a tattoo in the previous 12 months. Potential donors who have received a tattoo in a facility that uses sterile needles and single-use ink will soon be approved in Michigan.

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Snow Day Leaves Blood Supply Low

While students and teachers might have enjoyed the recent snow day, several blood drives had to be canceled due to the bad weather.

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Learn CPR On “Save-A-Life-Saturday”

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Saturday, March 19th the American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter will offer free CPR and first aid training.

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Blood Supply Hits Critical Lows

Due to  wintry weather and canceled blood drives,  the American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal to donors with type O-negative and B-negative blood. 

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