Robert Smith’s First Year as a Red Cross Volunteer Has Been a Gratifying Experience

“I saw a Red Cross commercial and wondered if I could be a Red Cross volunteer,” Robert recalled, speaking from the Red Cross chapter in Sacramento. It has been a whirlwind 10 months for Robert Smith, who joined the American Red Cross Michigan Region as a disaster services volunteer in September 2021. In January he …

Red Cross Michigan Region Hosts Secretary General of Libyan Red Crescent in Detroit

The Michigan Region of the American Red Cross was honored to host Secretary General of the Libyan Red Crescent Marai Aldressi at our blood donation center in Warren and at our Detroit headquarters on Wednesday, July 27. Secretary General Aldressi is in Detroit this week as part of the U.S. State Department’s sponsored International Visitor Leadership …

MI Blood Donor Headed to Sunny L.A. After Winning Trip to Super Bowl for Giving Lifesaving Blood

All blood donors in January 2022 also eligible to win trip to Super Bowl LVI Mary Eddy, left, with a fellow teacher at St. Patrick Catholic School in Portland, MI. Courtesy Mary Eddy. When Mary Cook received a call from the Red Cross that she won a trip for two to the 2022 Super Bowl …

Calling all superheroes – Your one act of service through blood donation can save lives

DeAndra Smith, Sickle Cell warrior, joins Red Cross MI Region to help raise awareness, increase donations “It felt like I had an expiration date on my head.” That’s how DeAndra used to feel about living with sickle cell disease. She was diagnosed with this chronic, excruciatingly painful and sometimes life-threatening condition at two years old. …

Civil Air Patrol Leader Becomes First Time Blood Donor to Inspire Others

Maj. Gen. Phelka challenges CAP members to roll up a sleeve and help patients in need during national blood crisis “I wanted to help inspire other Civil Air Patrol members to give blood,” said Maj. Gen. Edward Phelka, national commander of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. Phelka made …