They say it's "tentative," but it's looking more and more like the American Red Cross may be closing up shop in West Michigan, and, according to WOODTV8, more than 200 people would lose their jobs if the plan moves forward.

The American Red Cross said Wednesday it is tentatively planning to limit its operations, mainly mobile blood drives, starting November 1, affecting the Great Lakes Blood Service Region, which includes Lansing, Muskegon, Petoskey, Flint, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids/Kentwood. They will continue on the east side of the state.

The Red Cross says mobile blood drives are the main focus of the cuts as the demand for blood products declines.

So, what happens here is West Michigan? Michigan Blood already provided blood to nearly every hospital in West Michigan. They hope to partner with the American Red Cross to assist if the cuts are permanent.


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