Fall blood drive returns to Clinton Township Nov. 13

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 4, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — There’s never a bad time of year to donate blood.

The 30th annual Clinton Township blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Clinton Township Senior Center Gym, 40730 Romeo Plank Road. The township partners with the American Red Cross.

While this drive is more internal and employee-based than the township’s bigger annual drive in February, it is still open to everyone in the community.

“With a township as large as ours, we are trying to raise as many donations as possible so we can help as many as possible,” said Stephanie Mittelstedt, an administrative assistant in Clinton Township who is in charge of this drive.

The drive is being publicized on social media, as well as on marquees throughout the township, such as the one on Gratiot Avenue. Mittelstedt said that due to the date and hours of this drive, it has typically been on a smaller scale.

Carmen Timm, an account manager for the American Red Cross, said donations vary annually. There’s usually a dip in the summer months due to people being on vacation and out of town, as well as around busy holidays.

Poeple of any blood type are encouraged to donate, notably those with type O.

“We are in critical need, so in order to avoid delays in patients receiving medical care, we are urging people to donate at this time,” Timm said.

General guidelines for those donating include weighing a minimum of 110 pounds and possessing no cold or flu symptoms. If you’ve had a flu shot, it does not prohibit you from donating.

The American Red Cross services most local hospitals. Blood can be shipped nationally, especially in emergency situations, but with the number of hospitals in the region, blood tends to stay in southeast Michigan.

Timm said 400 to 500 units collected per day, Monday through Friday, is the norm. Weekend collections aren’t as productive.

Goals also vary based on drive locations, time of year and hours. Timm hopes at least 50 people register for this particular drive. As of Oct. 31, that number was halfway achieved.

“We need a steady supply every single day,” Timm said.

Preregistration is highly recommended, although walk-ins are welcome. Visit redcross.org, select “find a drive” and search by ZIP code, or enter “Clinton Township” as the sponsor code. Blood requirements by donation type are listed on the website.