Organization coordinates blood drives in Michigan, across US amid ‘severe shortage’
DETROIT – With a pandemic and snowstorm that crippled parts of the country, there is concern of a nationwide blood shortage. In response, a group called the WeLoveU Foundation is stepping in and organizing blood drives all across the country, including in Metro Detroit. “Last year, there were over 50,000 blood drives and blood donation cancellations and so, because of that, we’re in a severe blood shortage.”Harris said the shortage was highlighted during critical times in the United States, one being the coronavirus pandemic. If we can give back to our community, we’re not giving back to our community, it’s giving back to us,” said Harris. If you would like to donate blood, the Metro Detroit blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Detroit Novi, located at 37529 Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills.
Bloomfield Hills animal hospital has need for pet blood donations
Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.
Metro Detroit family grateful for donations that kept young daughter alive during cancer treatments
Collecting enough blood donations to meet the constant need was a challenge for the American Red Cross before the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why one Metro Detroit family wants to make sure that blood is always there for anyone who needs it. “Without that transfusion, we wouldn’t have been able to make the step two, step three, step four.”Throughout her treatment, blood was critical. The family speaks about their gratitude for her blood donors every day. READ: American Red Cross hosting blood drive in Metro Detroit this weekAppointments are strongly encouraged.
American Red Cross hosting blood drive in Metro Detroit this week
The American Red Cross is hosting a hosting a blood, sponsored by Gardner-White Furniture, on Thursday and Friday. To make an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 800-RED CROSS or go to the Blood Donor App, using the sponsor code: gardnerwhite. All donors at the drives will receive a coupon for $50 off a Gardner-White purchase of at least $399 and be entered to win a $500 Gardner-White gift certificate. Drawings will be held for each location. Blood donation opportunities at Gardner-White Furniture location:Jan. 14: 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.Ann Arbor (3725 Washtenaw Ave.)Auburn Hills (4445 N. Atlantic Blvd)Brighton (8393 W. Grand River Ave.)Canton (39453 Ford Road)Macomb (45300 Hayes Road)Warren (4400 E. 14 Mile Road)Waterford (4945 Dixie Highway)Jan. 15: 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
An inside look at the process of donating convalescent plasma with the Michigan Red Cross
Kim DeGiulio recently recovered from coronavirus and just like Evrod Cassimy, she decided to donate her convalescent plasma. Dec. 9, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 415,200; Death toll now at 10,213DeGiulio recovered from coronavirus in October. Now that she’s symptom-free and has the antibodies, she signed up to donate her plasma with the American Red Cross. All it took was filling out a form to declare you’ve recovered from COVID, then the American Red Cross reaches out to schedule a time to donate. If you’ve recovered and want to know if you qualify to donate, just visit this website.
Florida authorities searching for man who stole cat blood from clinic
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A man caught on surveillance video is suspected of stealing cat blood from a veterinary clinic in Florida, sheriff’s officials said. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office posted pictures showing the man who walked up to the door of the Anastasia Cat Clinic on Sept. 17. The man was seen touching and inspecting an Antech Diagnostics blood box before leaving the area, sheriff's officials said. The box contained four vials of cat blood, the report said. The box containing the blood vials amounted to a $600 loss for the clinic, investigators said.
Blood, plasma donations needed as COVID-19 pandemic continues
DETROIT The American Red Cross cross has faced many challenges trying to collect sufficient blood in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once he recovered, he rolled up his sleeve to donate convalescent plasma. But as coronavirus cases in numerous states have spiked, the American Red Cross has seen hospital demand for convalescent plasma surge. We are depleting our COVID-19 plasma inventory faster than we can replace it, said Dr. Pampee Young, Chief Medical Officer with the American Red Cross. To sign up for an appointment, or for more information, visit the official American Red Cross website here.
Evrod Cassimy donates plasma, coronavirus antibodies to help others
After suffering for two weeks straight in excruciating pain from coronavirus, Cassimy recovered. He heard he could donate his plasma and the antibodies could be used to help others. He then made his way to the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center for 8:40 a.m. sharp. The staff at the American Red Cross made him comfortable, reclined his chair and provided a heated blanket. And after finally filling that bag, Cassimy was finished and could see what his plasma looked like with the coronavirus antibodies.
How to help the sick, the hungry, others in need during the COVID-19 pandemic
No Kid Hungry has a plan to feed them, but we need your help.”Yes, it’s a group called No Kid Hungry -- and it appears to be the perfect place place to turn. With your help, we’ll continue to remove any obstacles to get kids the food they need," the group’s website said. We can’t stress this one enough: The American Red Cross needs you. Help patients like Robert today: https://t.co/iJpVmoWxZy pic.twitter.com/xXHbVPOkto — American Red Cross (@RedCross) March 18, 2020Don’t be nervous about giving blood. The Red Cross issued a news release about its need for blood on March 10.