Metro Detroiters are being encouraged to donate blood this spring as the nation continues to experience a blood shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout the pandemic, blood donations have been lower than hoped as more people isolate at home. The American Red Cross is urging people to schedule a blood donation to help increase blood supply through the summer months.
In an effort to ramp up blood donations in the region, Gardner-White Furniture is hosting blood drives at several of their Metro Detroit stores this week.
Individuals interested in donating blood at one of the following locations on the following days should visit the Red Cross’ website right here to schedule their donation appointment, or call 1-800-733-2767.
Thursday, April 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Ann Arbor
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Auburn Hills
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Brighton
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Canton
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Macomb
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Waterford
Friday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Novi
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Taylor
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Warren (14 Mile Road)
- Gardner-White Furniture -- Rochester Hills
Click on a city name above to see the address for that Gardner-White location.
Individuals who donate blood at Gardner-White on April 29 or April 30 will be entered to win a $500 Gardner-White Furniture certificate. All participants will receive a coupon for $50 off a Gardner-White purchase of at least $399.
American Red Cross officials say that individuals can donate blood even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, so long as donors are symptom-free and feeling well.
Blood, platelet and plasma donations collected during American Red Cross blood drives will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, officials said. If plasma and platelet donations test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies, they may be used as convalescent plasma for COVID patients.
Donations will not be tested to diagnose an illness, known as a diagnostic test.