Two iconic organizations are joining together to help save lives. Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) and the American Red Cross are hosting Give Blood. Get a Cookie! blood drives in communities across southeastern Michigan. A kickoff “Give Blood. Get a Cookie!” blood drive is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2014, at the University of Phoenix Downtown Detroit Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross in their efforts to increase life-saving blood donations,” said Denise Dalrymple, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM). “Since our founding, Girl Scouts has been focused on supporting our communities, and we think this partnership is a great way to do that. We are proud that blood donors all over southeastern Michigan will be enjoying delicious Girl Scout cookies after they give blood.”
“The Red Cross and Girl Scouts are two American traditions. So are Girl Scout cookies and saving lives,” said Bridget Tuohey, Communications Manager for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We hope that the donors enjoy this special treat from the Girl Scouts as we work together to ensure an adequate blood supply in the communities we serve.”
More than 2,000 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies will be served to donors at the special blood drives during GSSEM’s six week cookie sale. GSSEM will also host blood drives at its five offices in Detroit, Clinton Township, Flint, Port Huron and White Lake. Girl Scout cookies will be served following donations at more than 300 drives during the Give Blood. Get a Cookie! campaign.
To schedule a blood donation at the February 8 kick-off blood drive, log on to redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code uofpdwtndet. Donation appointments for all other Give Blood. Get a Cookie! blood drives can be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or online at redcrossblood.org. Click on Make a Donation and enter a zip code to find a nearby donation location. Girl Scout cookies will be available at public blood drives between February 7 and March 22, 2014.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Michigan), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good healthy may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.