In the city of Flint and Genesee County as a whole, the community is very tight-knit and rife with those who are always willing to go the extra mile to make a difference for others.

This Friday, August 18th, Flint's American Red Cross Blood Donation Center will be hosting a blood drive for those in need. The Red Cross is a massive organization dedicated to providing lifesaving blood, disaster relief, aid to military families, etc. to all of those who need it in the Flint area, the United States, and all over the world.

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The Red Cross claims that they host blood drives as often as they can "because blood is needed every day." Did you know that blood only lasts 42 days after it's been collected, and after that it becomes unusable? This is just one reason why they are always seeking more donors.

If you want to join this amazing local network of donors, attend the blood drive at Flint's American Red Cross Blood Donation Center located at 1401 S. Grand Traverse St. in Flint, MI 48503.

The hours for the drive on Friday, August 18th are 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you're working during those hours, try to make it over there on your lunch hour. The donation of your time (as well as your blood) is greatly appreciated by all the volunteers.

If you're trying to save time when you go, you can streamline your donation experience and save 15 minutes by going to and completing your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your visit.

To schedule your appointment for the blood drive, log onto or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

And thank you for supporting those in need in your community.

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