Oklahoma Capitol Day a Rousing Success

March 10, 2010

March is Red Cross Month. As part of that, the Oklahoma State Capitol partners with the Red Cross for an annual Red Cross day and blood drive at the Capitol.

The 2010 Red Cross day at the Oklahoma State Capitol was a rousing success. From the Lt. Governor, Jeri Askins' visit to the blood drive to the standing ovation received from the House of Representatives the day celebrated the overwhelming support the Red Cross receives from Oklahoma's elected officials. Red Cross "Day at the Capitol" fittingly ended with the presentation of an emergency kit to out-going Governor Brad Henry. He extended his visit to share memories of the Red Cross during his 8 years as Governor and even invited First Lady Kim Henry to make an impromptu appearance to the gathering.

The most memorable moment, however, occurred on the House floor where Southwest Blood Services Region Board Chairman, John Points poignantly painted a picture of the Red Cross in action while surrounded by symbols of the organization's outreach...Mary O'Neal, Red Cross phlebotomist and Mary Ann Coffman, Red Cross Disaster Volunteer. Red Cross "Day at the Capitol 2010," a celebration of service.

Governor Brad Henry shares memories during Red Cross "Day at the Capitol."

For the first time this year, Red Cross served lunch to recreate a shelter mass feeding. The B-B-Q was delicious.

SWR DRD Director, Sheila Hanner and SWR Board Chairman flank Oklahoma First Lady, Kim Henry.