Blood donations are an important part of the Red Cross. Thousands of people every year donate to the important mission of giving lifesaving blood. This year, our own State of Michigan Governor was no exception.
On Saturday, Dec. 19 Governor Whitmer rolled-up a sleeve at our Lansing Donation Center and helped save lives. Joining the governor in donating blood was Michigan Regional Executive Mary Lynn Foster, who also presented the governor with a Red Cross mug as a token of her appreciation.
“There is always a lot of need, and blood donation is a simple way to make a contribution that could save someone’s life,” the governor said. When asked about the safety precautions the Red Cross has put in place at our blood drives and donor centers, Governor Whitmer said there is a lot of integrity in the Red Cross system. “The Red Cross is following protocols, keeping people safe. The Red Cross does it right!”
This isn’t the first time Governor Whitmer has donated blood with the Red Cross during the pandemic. On March 18, Governor Whitmer donated at the Lansing Donation Center to show state residents that the process is safe and necessary, despite the ‘stay-at-home’ executive order that was in place at the time. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services helped get the word out by issuing a news release encouraging Michigan residents to donate blood and declaring blood donation an essential service for the public health of our state.“We are so honored to welcome Governor Whitmer to our Lansing Donation Center,” said Michigan Regional Executive Mary Lynn Foster. “We understand her time is very valuable and truly appreciate her taking an hour out of her very busy schedule to help save lives”