Black Friday blood drive at Courtland Center Mall

The American Red Cross is holding a Black Friday Blood Drive starting at 9:00 a.m. and going until 2:45 p.m. at the Courtland Center Mall in Burton.

Everyone who goes out to donate blood will have the opportunity to select a Christmas gift from the Red Cross toy chest which will be donated to the charity of their choice.

"What a better way to break up the monotony of the busiest shopping day of the year than to lay back, donate blood and brighten a child's life this holiday season," said Colleen O'Callaghan, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Winter months and the holidays in particular, are a difficult time for blood collections. People typically travel during the holidays and are not always thinking about donating. Also, inclement weather and icy roads will sometimes keep donors at home and out of the elements.

You can learn more by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visit