North Shore Hospital hosting a community blood drive May 21

In cooperation with area businesses and local organizations, Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible members of the community to join in giving the gift of life by participating in community blood drives.

Locally, the Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 21.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood—from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims in crises. Memorial Blood Centers faces a demand of over 2,700 units a week to meet the needs of more than 30 health care partners in the area. And making a blood donation is one way to give a potentially life-saving gift to friends, family and community.

Donating blood—the ultimate renewable resource—is safe and convenient when you are in good health, 17 years or older, free of antibiotics for 24 hours (unless taken daily for skin condition), and symptom-free for at least three days following a cold or flu.

While walk-in donors are always welcome, appointments can be made in advance. To register for the blood drive, go online to MBC.org or contact the hospital directly at (218) 387-3040.