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Apr
19
Mon
Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 19 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Apr
20
Tue
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 20 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Apr
21
Wed
Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 21 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Apr
22
Thu
Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 22 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 22 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 22 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
23
Fri
Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 23 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
24
Sat
(FREE) YMCA Community Fun Day – Jackson YMCA
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
(FREE) YMCA Community Fun Day - Jackson YMCA

Everyone is welcome at the Jackson YMCA’s Community Fun Day!

Saturday, April 24, 2021
11 am – 2 pm 

The free event features outdoor Zumba, rock wall climbing, gym games, a youth swim lesson open house, martial arts demonstration, specials on Membership and Summer Day Camp and more!

Swim Lesson Open House: Registration opens March 29! Call 517-782-0537 to reserve your time; blocks of time are 20 minutes. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Call 517-782-0537 or visit www.JacksonYMCA.org.

Community Fun Day – Jackson YMCA
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Community Fun Day - Jackson YMCA

Community Fun Day – Jackson YMCA

April 24, 2021
11am-2pm

Jackson YMCA

Join us April 24th for our Community Fun Day. Call 517-782-0537 to register for the swim lesson open house. When you’re done with your swim experience, you can check out martial arts demonstrations, outdoor Zumba, rock wall climbing and learn about all of the fun and exciting things happening at your YMCA!

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 24 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
25
Sun
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon – Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)
Apr 25 all-day
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon - Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)

The Jackson County Child Advocacy Center is holding a Bike-a-Thon to help expand their building and their mission to offer support services to children affected by sexual abuse. https://jccac.dojiggy.io/bikeathon

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 25 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
26
Mon
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 26 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 26 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
27
Tue
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon – Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)
Apr 27 all-day
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon - Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)

The Jackson County Child Advocacy Center is holding a Bike-a-Thon to help expand their building and their mission to offer support services to children affected by sexual abuse. https://jccac.dojiggy.io/bikeathon

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 27 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
28
Wed
Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 28 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 28 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 28 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
29
Thu
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon – Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)
Apr 29 all-day
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon - Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)

The Jackson County Child Advocacy Center is holding a Bike-a-Thon to help expand their building and their mission to offer support services to children affected by sexual abuse. https://jccac.dojiggy.io/bikeathon

Red Cross Blood Drives – Jackson County
Apr 29 all-day
Red Cross Blood Drives - Jackson County

Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
_______________

Jackson
4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 711 N. Francis Street

Parma
4/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., MACI, 2400 North Dearing Rd.

Jackson
4/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus
4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 743 West Michigan
4/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., TRUE Community Credit Union, 1100 Clinton Road
_______________

 

About blood donation
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 29 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

Apr
30
Fri
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 – April 30)
Apr 30 all-day
Run Safe for My Place – Virtual Race (April 15 - April 30)

Run Safe for My Place 5K Virtual Race: this race is about being healthy, having fun, and accomplishing your personal goals. It’s a race that you can run, walk, treadmill, or bike from any location you choose and receive a finisher’s medal. It gives you the freedom to run your own route and the ability to be a part of something special.

This race can be run anywhere between April 15-30, 2021.

Learn More: https://joininjackson.com/event/run-safe-for-my-place-virtual-race/

Bob Ross-Inspired “Happy Little 5K” – Virtual in Michigan
Apr 30 @ 9:49 pm
Bob Ross-Inspired "Happy Little 5K" - Virtual in Michigan

Online registration for the Run for the Trees / Happy Little Virtual 5K is now open.

Taking place April 22-30, 2021, this virtual race – bookended by Earth Day and Arbor Day – supports state parks, with all proceeds going toward Happy Little Tree-planting and preservation efforts in the parks.

You can choose to walk, run or hike, and you pick the pace and the place, as long as it’s outdoors.

Cost is $34 per person. Everyone who participates gets a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, commemorative bib and finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

The 2021 event is capped at 20,000 participants.

Through a partnership with Bob Ross Inc. and funding from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the DNR’s Happy Little Trees program helps state park campgrounds recover from invasive forest pests/diseases, like emerald ash borer and oak wilt, that damage or kill trees. Learn more at Michigan.gov/DNRHappyLittleTrees.

 

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Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon – Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)
May 1 all-day
Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Bike-a-Thon - Virtual (between April 25 & May 1)

The Jackson County Child Advocacy Center is holding a Bike-a-Thon to help expand their building and their mission to offer support services to children affected by sexual abuse. https://jccac.dojiggy.io/bikeathon