house resolution no.11

Rep. Steele 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.