Blood drive shatters expectations, brings new donors to Tamarac
Fremont – Some of the biggest names in the food industry came together and challenged their employees and the community to step up and donate blood.
Summer is a time of low blood donations and high need, said Amy Rotter, Community Relations Coordinator at Michigan Blood. That’s why Michigan Blood teamed up with Tamarac to host a “Food Fight for Life” blood drive on Friday, August 4. General managers from the local Burger King, McDonald’s, Arby’s and Taco Bell were challenged to recruit the most blood donors and the store with the most successful donations would be crowned the 2017 Food Fight for Life winner.
Tina Wilburn, general manager at McDonald’s in Fremont, recruited 12 members of her staff to donate blood.
“I thinks it’s important for us to give and what better way than to help save a life of someone in our community,” Wilburn said.
Michigan Blood had expected 15 donors – an average number – to show up.
Instead, more than 34 people registered, and 13 of those were first-time donors. Each donation can save up to three lives, so more than 80 Michigan lives could potentially be saved as a result of the generous donations made during the “Food Fight for Life” event.
"Until it affects you, you really don't realize the importance, but there are so many people out there, cancer victims, accident victims, burn victims who do need help," said Faye Fisher, event specialist at Tamarac who coordinated the blood drive. "It's a good feeling to know that you take less than an hour of your time and you are actually saving up to three lives. There is always someone in need."
The next blood drive is Friday September 8, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visithttps://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/95127