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ARVC Michigan Resumes Summer Blood Drive

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 www.miblood.org.

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 www.michcampgrounds.com.

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).

MICHIGAN 2010 SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULE:

May 29

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR) www.grandrogue.com.
  • Lakeside Camp Park (9:30-1:30 Cedar Springs www.michcampgrounds.com/lakeside.
  • Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen www.lincolnpinesresort.com.
  • Whispering Waters Camp. (5-8) Hastings www.whisperingwatersonline.com.

May 30

  • East Lake Camping (12-4) Hopkins www.eastlakecamping.com.

June 11

  • Lakeshore Outdoor Adventure (2-6) Davison www.outdooradventuresinc.com.

July 2

  • Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen www.lincolnpinesresort.com.

July 3

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR) www.grandrogue.com.
  • River Ridge Campground (9-2) Breckenridge www.riverridgecampgroundsmi.com.
  • Snow Lake Kampground (9-1) Fenwick www.snowlakekampground.com.
  • Timberline Campground (10-2) Benzonia www.timberlinecampground.com.

July 10

  • River Ridge RV Resort (10-2) Stanwood www.michcampgrounds.com/riverridgervresort/index.php.

July 16

  • Lake of Dreams Campground (5-9) Merrill www.lakeofdreamscampground.com.

July 17

  • Lakeside Resort Campground (9-1) Ionia www.lakesideresortcampground.com.

July 25

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

July 31

  • East Lake Camping (9-1) Hopkins www.eastlakecamping.com.

Aug. 19

  • Lakeshore Outdoor Adventure (2-6) Davison www.outdooradventuresinc.com.

Aug. 28

  • Lincoln Pines Resort (12-5) Gowen www.lincolnpinesresort.com.

Sept. 4

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR) www.grandrogue.com.
  • Lakeside Camp Park (10-2) Cedar Springs www.michcampgrounds.com/lakeside.
  • River Ridge Campground (9-2) Breckenridge www.riverridgecampgroundsmi.com.

Sept. 18

  • Grand Rogue Campground (10-3) Belmont (GR) www.grandrogue.com.

Sept. 25

  • Lake of Dreams Campground (3-9) Merrill www.lakeofdreamscampground.com.

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