The American Red Cross and VG’s Grocery Celebrate Thanksgiving in Lansing

November 2, 2010

Donate to Win a Holiday Feast for You or Someone in Need


Lansing, MI – The holiday season is fast approaching and with it blood and platelet donations typically slow down.  This season, the American Red Cross and VG’s Grocery have partnered to help raise awareness of the importance of blood donation and give thanks to those who come out to donate. 

VG’s Grocery in Owosso has generously donated a Thanksgiving dinner, complete with side dishes, to thank current blood and platelet donors and to encourage new donors to come out this holiday season.  The dinner can serve up to eight people.

“The winter months are always difficult for blood collections,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “With individuals and families traveling over the holiday season and with poor weather conditions, we typically see a decrease in the number of people who come out to donate blood.”

All blood and platelet donors who attempt to donate November 1 – 20 at the Lansing Donor Center at 1729 E. Saginaw, will be entered into a drawing for the free dinner.  In the spirit of the season of giving, donors will be able to choose between having the dinner for their own family celebration or donating the meal to a family in need. 

“We are excited about partnering with the American Red Cross for this giveaway,” said Jessica Smith, spokesperson for VG’s Grocery.  “It feels good to give back to the communities we serve, and we look forward to helping with more events like this in the future.”

For more information about blood donation, the Thanksgiving promotion, or to make an appointment to help save lives, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state.  In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.