Give the gift of life

Giving blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Giving the gift of life is the best gift you can give. Michigan Blood makes it easy. You may not know it, but someone is in need of blood every two seconds, and each year more than four million people in the United States would die without a transfusion.

Michigan Blood provides blood for more than 40 hospitals throughout Michigan and collects more than 120,000 blood donations each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,700 mobile blood drives statewide, according to the Michigan Blood website. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.

Why Donate?

  • Each day, 43,000 units of donated blood are used in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Someone is in need of blood every two seconds.
  • Nearly 37 out of every 100 Americans are eligible to donate blood – but only three to four actually donate each year.
  • On average, one out of every seven people entering the hospital will need blood.
  • As the current standard of care, hospitals overwhelmingly choose blood donated by volunteer donors to meet the transfusion needs of their patients.
  • One blood donation may help several people.

In a recent national survey by America’s Blood Centers, the top three reasons people said they don’t give blood were:

  1. Nobody asked me.
  2. I hate (or am afraid of) needles.
  3. It’s not convenient.

Who Can Donate?

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. For additional information on donating blood, please visit

Main Donor Center
1036 Fuller NE
Grand Rapids
(616) 774-2300

Whole Blood Donations
Noon to 7 p.m. on Mon, Wed, Thurs
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tues and Fri
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat

Apheresis Donations
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon through Thurs
6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fri
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat and Sun

Click here to find a specific blood drive or search by zip code.

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