Trauma centers in Michigan are currently facing a blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations.  Healthy individuals are needed now to donate and to help patients who are counting on lifesaving blood.

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If you give blood, Krispy Kreme will give you a dozen doughnuts. The Krispy Kreme website says,

"Give blood, and get a free original glazed dozen."

Until Monday, January 31, anyone who donates blood or platelets will receive a free Original glazed dozen. After you give blood, stop by your local Krispy Kreme for your free Original glazed dozen.  Just show your proof of donation and date via your donor band or sticker, or flash your donor app.

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Krispy Kreme is located at 2700 East Beltline Rd in Grand Rapids.

Krispy Kreme is partnered with the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade.

Here are a few places in Grand Rapids where you can donate:

  • Biolife Plasma Services located at 3800 Lake Michigan Dr NW/540 Center Dr NW/2760 E Paris Ave/
  • Versiti Blood Center of Michigan located at 1036 Fuller Ave NE
  • CSL Plasma located at 1290 28th St SW
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Versiti Blood Center spokesperson Kristin Paltzer told the Detroit Free Press,

"As far as Versiti is concerned, this is the lowest the blood supply has been in a decade for our organization, and many others, as well. Blood is needed for cancer patients, for patients that are dealing with sickle cell anemia, for mothers and babies that need transfusions before, during , and after childbirth. So there's a lot of reasons why people would need blood and without it, that can be a really dangerous time."


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