Blood Donors Can Make A Difference on Make A Difference Day - October 23

October 19, 2010



News Release      

Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region

Media Contact: Martha Roemer Kurtz, 313-494-2745                                             October 2010


Making a difference can be as simple as rolling up your sleeve.

“By coming to donating blood on or around Make A Difference Day, you can reinforce the spirit of the day, and do your part to help up someone in need,” said Diane E. Ward, CEO, Southeastern Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Chances are, someone in your very community needs blood or platelets donated by volunteers just like you.”

Nearly 4 million people donated blood through the American Red Cross last year. That giving, Red Cross officials say, reflects the desire of Americans to reach out and help others, and can be further realized through nationwide efforts like Make A Difference Day.

USA Weekendreports that in 2009, 3 million people participated in the national day of neighbor helping neighbor, and accomplished thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. Now in its 20th year, Make A Difference Day takes place the fourth Saturday of every October, with this year’s day falling on Oct. 23.

“We’d like to remind our neighbors that you do have the power to effect change,” said Ward. “You can do that through giving blood, organizing a blood drive, volunteering or by simply talking to your friends and family about what a difference donating blood or platelets can make.”

The American Red Cross hosts several social media sites to build community and encourage discussion about the need for blood and blood donors. To join the conversation on Facebook, go to You’ll also find links to other Red Cross related social media including YouTube and Flickr at

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 Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region serves five counties, and needs to collect about 900 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 43 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. 08/10AP0904