American Red Cross hosts winter blood drive on NMU campus

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- Northern Michigan University students had an opportunity to give back Wednesday afternoon. The American Red Cross visited the Lydia M. Olson Library on campus for a winter blood drive.

Nurses and technicians were on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to nurses, there is usually a shortage of blood donations in the winter time. Meaning it's the perfect time to donate. Around 40 students signed up to give blood today, with plenty more walk-ins donating throughout the day. The Red Cross say they easily hit their goal of 46 units.

“If you're looking for something to do, it doesn't cost anything, it's just a little bit of your time. It takes about an hour long process from start to finish,” said Cassandra Olive, Collections Team Lead for the American Red Cross. “We do have some snacks, as well as today, we have our t-shirts to give away.”

If you are considering giving blood, it's a good idea to eat, stay well hydrated, and avoid caffeine before donating. Blood can be donated once every 56 days.

To find a donation center near you, visit the American Red Cross website at

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