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American Red Cross Helps Two Lucky Blood Donors 'Escape Cabin Fever'!

Great Lakes

March 12, 2014

Lansing, MI—March 12—The American Red Cross, in partnership with Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, are giving a pair of blood donors a reprieve from one of the worst Michigan winters in recent memory.


During the month of February, everyone who turned out to donate blood at an American Red Cross Blood drive in the Great Lakes Region was able to enter the ‘Escape Cabin Fever’ contest, which included 2 weekend nights in a 2-bedroom condominium at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, regarded as a premier Michigan vacation destination.

The winners:


Dennis Moss of Jackson donated on February 14th at Allegiance Health in Jackson.  A long-time donor, Dennis has made 179 donations, which is more than 23 gallons! 


“Dennis has been such a dedicated blood donor over the years, it feels good to do something nice for him,” said Shelia Drewry, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Red Cross.  “His time and commitment means he may have helped save more than 530 lives since just one donation can help save up to three lives.”


Lee Garza of Grand Blanc donated blood at Faith Lutheran Church on February 5th


“We would not be able to succeed in the business of saving lives if it weren’t for our generous donors and volunteers,” said Colleen O’Callaghan, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Red Cross.  “We thank them for their continued support.”


The need for blood is constant.  Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. To find an American Red Cross blood drive near you, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit



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.  03/14AP075