About Us

Since it began on February 23, 1917, the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids has empowered ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations. We train. We mobilize. We connect donors and volunteers to those in urgent need of a helping hand. Whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack; a call for blood or a call for help, the American Red Cross is there.

Last year in our community, because of people like you we were able to …

  • Assist 843 disaster victims (house fires, flooding etc.)
  • Drive 368,644 miles to bring 1,444 low income, disabled or elderly transportation clients to medical appointments

Together, we can transform a life in crisis into a life of hope.

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2 responses to “About Us

  1. I am at the U of M hospital awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Some friends have been offering to organize a bone marrow donor drive in my honor. What is the process? I live in Ionia. There are many people who would like to be tested and become possible donors. ANy info is appreciated!

  2. Hi Kelly,

    We are sorry to hear that you are in need of a transplant, but how wonderful that your friends and family want to help! The Red Cross actually does not deal with bone marrow, only with blood products.

    However, here is a site that might help you more with the information you’re seeking:
    http://www.marrow.org/DONOR/When_You_re_Asked_to_Donate_fo/Donation_FAQs/index.html

    Good luck with your transplant search — you are in the thoughts of your Red Cross!

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