March Is 'Red Cross Month'

March 1, 2013

Michigan Lawmaker to Donate 20th Gallon of Blood on March 1st


Lansing, MI—Blood donors are Everyday Heroes who help save lives.  March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross takes this time to recognize these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join the ranks.


This year, Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) is helping kick-off Red Cross Month in Michigan by donating his 20th gallon of blood at the Lansing Donor Center (1729 E. Saginaw St.).  The senator will hit this milestone at noon on Friday, March 1st.


“I am very proud to have provided nearly 20 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross and to individuals who need blood to continue living,” Jones said.  “There is no alternative other than for one person to give blood to another person.  There is no artificial replacement for blood that can help save a human life.”


March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month.  The organization has been helping people for more than 130 years.


“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Jim Flickema, CEO of the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “Anyone can become an Everyday Hero by giving blood or platelets, becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or taking a class.  Senator Jones provides an outstanding model for others to follow.”


More than 3.5 million people volunteered to give blood last year, and helped provide blood products for patients in about 3,000 U.S. hospitals and transfusion centers. In addition, more than 500,000 people a year volunteer nationwide through the American Red Cross. Those volunteers make a difference through Red Cross services associated with blood donation, disaster relief, health and safety training, support to military members and families, and international aid.


Jones began his long history of donating blood when…


“As the Sheriff for Eaton County, I regularly witnessed how blood transfusions helped save the life of an accident victim or a person inflicted with bodily harm.  I encouraged my officers and county residents to give blood as often as they could and thought it was only proper for me to donate every 56 days since I was encouraging others to do the same.”


There are many ways to become involved with the mission of the American Red Cross.  To donate blood or find other opportunities contact the 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 58 hospitals. In addition to supplying nearly half 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. 02/13AP077