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Honoring Red Cross Month: Two ways that make it much easier for you to donate blood

Donating blood is easier than ever
Posted at 1:36 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 13:37:01-05

March is Red Cross month, and the organization is making it much easier for you to give blood and help save lives.

THE RED CROSS BLOOD DONOR APP:

It allows you to schedule and manage donation appointments, access your donor card, track the impact of your donations and earn rewards.

RAPIDPASS

You can also shave 15 minutes off your waiting time at a blood drive by using RapidPass.  It allows you to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions online at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass before coming to your appointment.

“I've always thought it was the right thing to do, to donate when it was convenient for me,” said Lance Ford. “But after my triplets were born premature and needed transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit, I decided that it was more important to seek out opportunities to donate, rather than just waiting until it was convenient to me.

He also says The Red Cross apps and notifications make it  easy to find a location near you. "...They are so courteous, respectful and efficient. There is really no excuse not to donate. It's such a small thing that makes such a big difference!, he says."

You can make an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Macomb

Sterling Heights
3/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Bethesda Christian Church, 14000 Metropolitan Parkway

Warren
3/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 26401 St. Josaphat Drive

Richmond Township
3/20/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 68216 Grand Trunk

Saint Clair Shores
3/20/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., South Lake High School, 21900 Nine Mile Road

Sterling Heights
3/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 12500 Canal

Warren
3/20/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Warren Blood Donation Center, 13260 East 11 Mile Rd.

Mount Clemens
3/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Mclaren Macomb, 1000 Harrington

Sterling Heights
3/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Grace Christian Church, 33801 Van Dyke Avenue

Warren
3/21/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Warren Blood Donation Center, 13260 East 11 Mile Rd.

Washington
3/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Serra Buick GMC Cadillac, 12300 30 Mile Rd

Shelby Township
3/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 48115 Schoenherr

Warren
3/22/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Warren Blood Donation Center, 13260 East 11 Mile Rd.

Clinton Township
3/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Hope United Church of Christ, 35127 Garfield Road

Eastpointe
3/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Basil Catholic, 22860 Schroeder

Mount Clemens
3/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Peter Catholic Church, 98 New Street

Washington Township
3/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., SS John and Paul Catholic Church, 7777 28 Mile Road

Clinton Township
3/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., St. Louis Catholic Church, 24415 Crocker Blvd.

Warren
3/27/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Warren Blood Donation Center, 13260 East 11 Mile Rd.

Armada Township
3/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Armada High School, 23655 Armada Center Road

Macomb
3/28/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., L'Anse Creuse Middle School North, 46201 Fairchild

Sterling Heights
3/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., St. Blase Catholic Church, 12151 Fifteen Mile Road

Warren
3/28/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Warren Blood Donation Center, 13260 East 11 Mile Rd.

Roseville
3/29/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., St. Pio Catholic Church, 18720 East 13 Mile Road

Warren
3/29/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Warren Blood Donation Center, 13260 East 11 Mile Rd.

Sterling Heights
3/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., New Life Presbyterian Church, 11300 Nineteen Mile Road

Harrison Township
3/31/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., St. Hubert Catholic Church Hall, 38775 Prentiss
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Oakland

Farmington Hills
3/16/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.

Orion Township
3/16/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Orion Twp Library, 825 Joslyn Road
3/16/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Orion Twp Library, 825 Joslyn Road

Bloomfield
3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Bloomfield Blood Donation Center, 4190 Telegraph Rd.

Farmington Hills
3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.
3/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Fabians Catholic Church, 32200 West Twelve Mile Road
3/20/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.

Bloomfield
3/21/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bloomfield Blood Donation Center, 4190 Telegraph Rd.

Novi
3/21/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., Orchard Hills Elementary, 41900 Quince Drive

Rochester
3/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Great Oaks Country Club, 777 Great Oaks Boulevard

Rochester Hills
3/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Oakland University Student Event Center Building, Oakland Center, 312 Meadowbrook Road
3/22/2017: 3 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., Oakland University Student Event Center Building, Oakland Center, 312 Meadowbrook Road

Farmington Hills
3/23/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.

Rochester Hills
3/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Oakland University Student Event Center Building, Oakland Center, 312 Meadowbrook Road
3/23/2017: 3 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., Oakland University Student Event Center Building, Oakland Center, 312 Meadowbrook Road

Bloomfield
3/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Bloomfield Blood Donation Center, 4190 Telegraph Rd.

Farmington Hills
3/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.

Commerce Township
3/27/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, 1 William  Carls Drive
3/27/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, 1 William  Carls Drive

Farmington Hills
3/27/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.

Bloomfield
3/28/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bloomfield Blood Donation Center, 4190 Telegraph Rd.

Rochester Hills
3/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Rochester College, 800 West Avon Road

Birmingham
3/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Seaholm High School, 2436 West Lincoln

Farmington Hills
3/30/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center, 31150 Haggerty Rd.

Rochester
3/30/2017: 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Crittenton Medical Center, 1101 West University
3/30/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Crittenton Medical Center, 1101 West University

Troy
3/30/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., FUMC Christian Life Center, 6363 Livernois

Novi
3/31/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Providence Park Hospital, 47601 Grand River
3/31/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Providence Park Hospital, 47601 Grand River
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Saint Clair

Port Huron
3/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Port Huron High School, 2215 Court Street

Marine City
3/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Marine City High School, 1085 Ward

Memphis
3/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Memphis High School Library, 34130 Boardman

Saint Clair
3/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Clair High School, 2200 Clinton

Yale
3/27/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 310 N. Main St.
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Washtenaw

Ann Arbor
3/16/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center, 4624 Packard Rd

Dexter
3/16/2017: 2 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3430 Dover

Ann Arbor
3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center, 4624 Packard Rd
3/21/2017: 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., University of Michigan Hospital Towsley Center, Towsley Center Lobby, 1500 East Medical Center Drive
3/21/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., University of Michigan Hospital Towsley Center, Towsley Center Lobby, 1500 East Medical Center Drive
3/21/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center, 4624 Packard Rd
3/22/2017: 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., University of Michigan Hospital Towsley Center, Towsley Center Lobby, 1500 East Medical Center Drive
3/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Washtenaw Co Road Commission, 555 North Zeeb Rd
3/22/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., University of Michigan Hospital Towsley Center, Towsley Center Lobby, 1500 East Medical Center Drive

Whitmore Lake
3/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd

Ann Arbor
3/23/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center, 4624 Packard Rd
3/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center, 4624 Packard Rd
3/26/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Beth Israel, 2000 Washtenaw Avenue
3/28/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., U of M North Campus Research Complex, NCRC Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd
3/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., U of M Michigan Union, Michigan Union- Pendleton Rm, 530 S. State Street
3/28/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center, 4624 Packard Rd
3/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., University of Michigan Wolverine Towers, Suite 18, 3003 S. State St.
3/29/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., U of M Michigan Union, Michigan Union- Pendleton Rm, 530 S. State Street
3/30/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw

Chelsea
3/30/2017: 7:15 a.m. - 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street
3/30/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street

Ypsilanti
3/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., EMU Marshall Hall, 305 Marshall Hall
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Wayne

Livonia
3/16/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Livonia Blood Donation Center, 36650 5 Mile Rd.

Northville Township
3/16/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Road

Livonia
3/18/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church, 9601Hubbard

Riverview
3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Riverview Blood Donation Center, 14031 Pennsylvania Rd.

Plymouth
3/19/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 Haggerty Road

Riverview
3/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Cyprian Church, 13249 Pennsylvania

Livonia
3/20/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Livonia Blood Donation Center, 36650 5 Mile Rd.

Plymouth
3/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Plymouth City Hall, 201 South Main Street

Riverview
3/22/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Riverview Blood Donation Center, 14031 Pennsylvania Rd.

Garden City
3/23/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Garden City Hospital, 6245 Inkster Road
3/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Garden City Hospital, 6245 Inkster Road

Livonia
3/23/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Livonia Blood Donation Center, 36650 5 Mile Rd.

Detroit
3/24/2017: 7:15 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross
3/24/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross

Riverview
3/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Riverview Blood Donation Center, 14031 Pennsylvania Rd.

Romulus
3/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Summit Academy, 18601 Middlebelt Road

Lincoln Park
3/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1526 Riverbank

Westland
3/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 32500 Palmer

Livonia
3/27/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Livonia Blood Donation Center, 36650 5 Mile Rd.

Dearborn
3/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., HFC - Student & Culinary Arts Center, 5101 Evergreen Road

Grosse Pointe Woods
3/28/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Grosse Pointe Woods Parks & Recreation Community Center, 20025 Mack Ave.

Canton
3/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Canton Municipal Complex Bldg, 1150 South Canton Center Rd

Riverview
3/29/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Riverview Blood Donation Center, 14031 Pennsylvania Rd.

Livonia
3/30/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Livonia Blood Donation Center, 36650 5 Mile Rd.

Plymouth
3/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Plymouth Library, 223 South Main Street

Livonia
3/31/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Livonia Blood Donation Center, 36650 5 Mile Rd.

Wyandotte
3/31/2017: 7:15 a.m. - 1 p.m., Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, 2333 Biddle Avenue
3/31/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, 2333 Biddle Avenue