Red Cross Board of Directors Host Holiday Blood Drive

December 19, 2011


Donors Can Give Back Once More during 2011Holiday Season



Lansing, MI, December 19, 2011 – The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region Board of Directors will host a special blood drive on Wednesday, December 28, at the Lansing Donor Center, 1729 E. Saginaw Hwy. 


“The holiday season is a tough time for blood and platelet collections,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “Our leadership team wanted to provide donors another opportunity to give the perfect gift this holiday season – the gift of life.”


At the December 28 blood drive, which takes place from 1p.m. to 5:45p.m., donors will receive a chance to win great prizes. Everyone who comes out to donate blood will have the opportunity to win a football autographed by former Michigan State University Head Football Coach George Perles.  In addition, everyone who comes out to donate platelets at the special drive will have a separate chance to win an autographed football.  In addition to the football raffle, all presenting blood and platelet donors will have a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card, a $500 Best Buy gift card, and one (1) of 15 invitations to Sundance Chevrolet on March 1 for a chance to win a 2012 Chevy Cruze.


Although the many people are enjoying their holiday vacations, the need for blood never takes a holiday.  During the winter months, hectic schedules and poor weather conditions often lead to a decrease in blood donations, while increased holiday travel and bad winter weather can lead to an increase in trauma-related accidents and blood needs. 


For more information on the Board of Directors blood drive, or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code: GLRBoard.


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.