The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Each year, the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.

Currently, donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in this area include: Tuesday, May 10, noon to 5:45 p.m. at the Shiawassee American Red Cross, 702 W. Corunna Ave., in Corunna; Wednesday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Baker College, 1020 S. Washington St., in Owosso; and in Morrice on Friday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 Morrice High School, 691 Purdy Lane.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call (800) 733-2767.

*In the Wednesday, April 27 Independent, a wrong date was reported for the upcoming Corunna Red Cross Blood Drive. We reported that it was to be held on Thursday, May 5, but it should be Tuesday, May 10. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our readers.

Give Blood to Celebrate World Red Cross Day was last modified: May 2nd, 2016 by Karen Elford