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American Red Cross, Henderson Castle Partner to Help Save Lives

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Kalamazoo, MI—October 8—Halloween is right around the corner and the American Red Cross is getting into the spirit of the holiday by hosting a spooky-themed blood drive at the historic Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo.  All eligible donors are encouraged to dress in their scariest Halloween costume, provided Red Cross staff can reach their arm.


The blood drive will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 12:30PM to 6:15PM at the Henderson Castle (100 Monroe Street) in Kalamazoo.  This exquisite piece of history is located on the steep of West Main Hill overlooking downtown Kalamazoo.


The Queen Anne style mansion was built in 1895 and features 25 rooms, heated marble floors and beautiful leaded and stained glass windows.  In keeping with the theme of the blood drive, Henderson Castle has also been featured on the Discovery Channel and HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’.  It has also been included in three movies, including the 80’s low-budget horror film ‘Housesitter’.


“We are so pleased to partner with Henderson Castle, especially around Halloween,” said Red Cross DRD Representative Jane Emanuel.  “As a bonus, everyone who comes out to donate will be offered a free tour of the castle during blood drive hours.”


The need for blood is constant.  Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.  Donors of all blood types are needed, particularly individuals with type O negative blood.


 To schedule an appointment to donate blood at Henderson Castle or to find other opportunities, contact the American Red Cross at or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).



How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross


The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.