house resolution no.11

Reps. Steele, Alexander, Andrews, Aragona, BeGole, Bezotte, Bierlein, Bollin, Borton, Brabec, Breen, Byrnes, Tyrone Carter, Cavitt, Coffia, Conlin, DeBoer, De Boyer, Dievendorf, Edwards, Farhat, Filler, Fink, Fitzgerald, Fox, Glanville, Grant, Green, Greene, Haadsma, Harris, Hill, Hoadley, Kuhn, Maddock, Markkanen, Martin, Martus, Meerman, Mentzer, Miller, Morgan, Morse, Mueller, Neeley, Neyer, Outman, Paiz, Pohutsky, Puri, Rheingans, Rigas, Rogers, Roth, Schmaltz, Schriver, Schuette, Scott, Shannon, Skaggs, Stone, Tisdel, Tsernoglou, VanderWall, Weiss, Wilson, Wozniak and Young offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare January 2023 as National Blood Donor Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, The United States Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 154, requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the month of January 1970 as National Blood Donor Month; and

Whereas, President Richard M. Nixon designated the month of January 1970 as the first National Blood Donor Month in the United States of America; and

Whereas, The genuine concern for our fellow countrymen has always distinguished the American citizen; and

Whereas, Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States; and

Whereas, Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors; and

Whereas, One donation can help save more than one life; and

Whereas, The ranks of the voluntary blood donor have continued to grow and to make unparalleled contributions to the health of our people; and

Whereas, The American Red Cross and the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies have mobilized and have been encouraged by modern medical techniques for simple and efficient collection and use of blood and its therapeutic components; and

Whereas, Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood; and

Whereas, Approximately 13.6 million units of whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare January 2023 as National Blood Donor Month in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the American Red Cross and the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies with our highest esteem.