Donate blood in Farmington Hills, enter to win gift cards

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, January 2, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Any attempting donor will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $25 gas gift cards.

With the theme “Communities Coming Together,” the drive will help counteract the severe blood shortage that happens due to holidays, cold weather, and the demands of the New Year. Blood donations are used for lifesaving emergency and trauma care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases.

Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older. With a parent’s permission, 16-year-olds will be allowed to donate blood.

To make a donation appointment, call 248-473-1800 or register at redcrossblood.org with the sponsor code costickcenter. For more information, call 1-800-448-3543.