Offer life at an upcoming blood drive

The Cheboygan Area Public Library is calling on real-life heroes who are willing and able to donate blood at a blood drive held at the library from 1-6:45 p.m. on February 15 with Versiti Blood Centers of Michigan. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will be accepted.

The donations collected during blood drives like this one are very important. With the increase in hospital needs due to the pandemic and the absence or cancellation of collections across the country, there is a shortage of blood donations. Which, in our book, makes people who donate real superheroes.

Versiti Blood Centers of Michigan sends an incredible team of technicians to every reader they work. And as Versiti’s website says, “People need people.” It’s a profound message — we need each other; we are in the same boat; we can survive and prosper together.

Emily Claire

Versiti also shares that there is no substitute for blood, organs, tissues or bone marrow. “They are precious. They are perishable. And their need is vital.

So, if you can, help us by registering today and donating on February 15th.

You can register to donate blood in three ways:

  1. Call the library at 231-627-2381 and a staff member can register you over the phone.
  2. Call Versiti at 866-642-5663 to register by phone with the blood center staff.
  3. Go online to versiti.org/michigan (search for sponsor code “Cheboygan Public Library”) to register online. Double-Red donation appointments will also be available. Help us reach our goal of 24 donors. Join today and become a superhero.

We understand that you may not be able to donate for various reasons. And that’s okay. There are other ways to help. Donors love cookies. If anyone is able to set cookies for the reader we would greatly appreciate it. All bakery products can be dropped off at the library reception on the day of the drive or the day before. We thank you in advance on behalf of our donors.

Other events taking place at the Cheboygan Area Public Library in February include a Nerf Night on Friday, February 18, from 4-7 p.m. All supplies as well as snacks and prizes are provided. The event is free and open to all ages – parents, children and teens. Register by calling 627-2381 or stopping by the library.

The following day, the library will host a free movie marathon matinee. On Saturday, February 19, the library will present “Solo” and “Rogue One”, starting at 10:15 a.m. Snacks and prizes will be provided.

Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the library to explore the Comic Expo exhibit in the gallery. This exhibition is self-guided and free. And there are plenty of free comics available for anyone interested.

The Cheboygan Area Public Library will host the annual Community Quilt Show during the month of March. Anyone interested in exhibiting their quilt work can drop off their item(s) at the library after February 20. Please be sure to complete a Quilt Show Entry Form, which will be available at the front desk. We can’t wait to see all the amazing quilts. The quilt show is free to participate and free to visit.

— Emily Clare is Director of Programs at the Cheboygan Area Public Library.

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