Sen. Proos gives blood; urges residents to help ease shortage

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LANSING—Sen. John Proos donated blood on Friday at New Buffalo High School and urged residents to consider giving blood and reduce a shortage caused by the recent bad weather.

“Donating blood is a simple way each of us can help save a life,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Michigan’s blood centers are struggling to meet an ever-increasing demand. The recent storms have severely reduced a blood supply that is used to help save lives every day throughout Southwest Michigan. I ask that all healthy residents consider taking a moment to give the gift of life by donating blood at a local blood drive.”

Blood donations are down due to poor roads that kept donors at home, according to Michigan Blood, a nonprofit blood bank providing blood to more than 40 hospitals throughout the state.

“On a normal day we receive up to 400 donations throughout the state,” said Jim Childress of Michigan Blood. “However, this unprecedented weather has caused our donations to fall sharply.”

On Jan. 6, the group received only 44 donations statewide, and impassable roads forced them to close their center in St. Joseph on Jan. 7.

Remaining donation sessions include:
• Friday, Jan. 17 – Countryside Academy, gym, 4800 Meadowbrook Road, Benton Township, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; and
• Tuesday, Jan. 21 – St. Joseph Center, Main Donor Center, 2710 Cleveland Ave., St. Joseph, Noon–7 p.m.

For more information, residents may visit Michigan Blood’s website at www.miblood.org.

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