Sen. Jones donates 23rd gallon of blood as Red Cross faces critical blood shortage

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Rick Jones made his 184th blood donation on Monday, eclipsing the 23-gallon mark for total amount donated.

“I am blessed with good health and happy that I am able to donate blood — especially right now as nationwide blood levels are critically low,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “About every two seconds, someone in America needs blood, and there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Donating blood is a fast, easy and relatively painless way to help save lives. I strongly encourage all healthy residents to join me in helping to save a life this year by giving blood. An hour of your day could mean the gift of life to someone in need.”

The American Red Cross in early July issued an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types. Although thousands of people have responded to the call, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the supply.

To make an appointment or for more information, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Editor’s note: The above photograph of Jones donating in March 2013 is available by clicking on the image or at www.SenatorRickJones.com/Photowire.