ARVC Michigan Resumes Summer Blood Drive

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May 17, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Blood donations in Michigan tend to decline during the summer months when residents are on the road vacationing with family and friends. To help bolster collections, the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (Michigan ARVC) has once again partnered with Michigan Blood to bring the collection sites to the campgrounds – where the travelers are congregated.

“This is our third year with this exciting community-driven promotion and we’re hopeful to exceed our donations once again,” says Tom Briggs, association Marketing Committee chairman and owner of Grand Rogue Campground in Grand Rapids. “Since 2008, we have had 687 registered donors (242 first timers) with 499 units of blood collected, meaning that our member campground efforts have had the potential to save 1,497 lives. That’s impressive.”

In 2010, 12 member parks collectively will host nearly two dozen blood drives – with holiday weekends, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day,  expected to be big collection weekends.

Michigan Blood will set up in the campground clubhouse or they will bring in their Blood Bus – a self-contained donation station. The drives will be open to campground guests as well as the general public. The initial goal is to have at least 20 individuals donate during each event, to make it a worthwhile collection day for the blood center.

“Blood needs don’t go away in the summer,” says Kona Kenny, mobile recruiter for Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids. “Many donors are away from home, so keeping the blood supply pumped up is a big seasonal challenge. We’re really looking forward to working with the ARVC members to help us keep up with state-wide needs as well as increase awareness about our program.”

Hospitals in five major regions of the state count on Michigan Blood for 100% of their regular blood supply. After these hospitals, and their patients, have the blood they need, Michigan Blood regularly shares this precious resource elsewhere across the country, including the U.S. Military, upon request. This way, every drop of donated blood is put to the best possible use. For more information on Michigan Blood, or blood donation, visit

A copy of the campground 2010 Summer Blood Drive schedule is below. New dates and locations will be added throughout the summer and will be posted on ARVC’s website at

Michigan ARVC represents nearly 200 member campgrounds with more than 30,000 sites available throughout the state. The association's mission is to lead in the development of the RV parks and campground industry through education, communication and representation. ARVC Michigan is a member of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).


May 29

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR)
  • Lakeside Camp Park (9:30-1:30 Cedar Springs
  • Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen
  • Whispering Waters Camp. (5-8) Hastings

May 30

  • East Lake Camping (12-4) Hopkins

June 11

  • Lakeshore Outdoor Adventure (2-6) Davison

July 2

  • Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen

July 3

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR)
  • River Ridge Campground (9-2) Breckenridge
  • Snow Lake Kampground (9-1) Fenwick
  • Timberline Campground (10-2) Benzonia

July 10

  • River Ridge RV Resort (10-2) Stanwood

July 16

  • Lake of Dreams Campground (5-9) Merrill

July 17

  • Lakeside Resort Campground (9-1) Ionia

July 25

  • Whispering Waters Camp. (9:30-3:30) Hastings

July 31

  • East Lake Camping (9-1) Hopkins

Aug. 19

  • Lakeshore Outdoor Adventure (2-6) Davison

Aug. 28

  • Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen

Sept. 4

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR)
  • Lakeside Camp Park (10-2) Cedar Springs
  • River Ridge Campground (9-2) Breckenridge

Sept. 18

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR)

Sept. 25

  • Lake of Dreams Campground (3-9) Merrill
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