For the unsung heroes who include blood donation among their Thanksgiving plans, along with others who are starting a new lifesaving tradition, Michigan Blood wants to say Thanks for Giving.

Countless cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies and many others are in need of blood and donating at Michigan Blood’s Thanks For Giving event could be the reason someone gets to spend another holiday with their family.

“You don’t always see the impact blood donation has,” says Elizabeth Mayfield, a Bay City donor whose daughter received blood after being born premature. “But it saved my daughter’s life and gave me my family. I hope my blood gives someone the same opportunity I had to keep my family.”

However, Holidays are very challenging and Michigan Blood is having a special day, Wednesday, November 26, the day before Thanksgiving asking you to donate the gift of life. As an added bonus, I would like to take one task off your Thanksgiving checklist, the pumpkin pie.

As a small token of appreciation, everyone who attempts to donate during Michigan Blood’s Thanks for Giving event will receive a free pumpkin pie donated by Family Fare Supermarkets.

Don't forget the date, Wednesday, November 26 at the Grand Rapids Main Donor Center, 1036 Fuller, NE from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Appointments are recommended for donor convenience, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or visit https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. For additional information on donating blood, please visit www.miblood.org.