Governor Rick Snyder is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 428, the “American Red Cross Michigan Fund Act,” into law today. Effective beginning with the 2016 tax year, Michigan residents will have the option to support the Red Cross by checking off a designation box during tax time.
Sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, 24th District, Michigan, this designation will allow taxpayers to give more than just blood to the Red Cross; they can now make a donation of $5, $10, or more on their annual tax return.
“I look forward to seeing this bill help generate some much needed and deserved funds for the Red Cross, by giving Michigan taxpayers a chance to support this dedicated humanitarian organization and its mission by simply checking a box on their state income tax form,” said Senator Jones. “As a donor who has given more than 22 gallons of blood, I have seen first-hand the Red Cross’ outstanding work. They are there in times of great need — from helping a single family after a home fire to assisting an entire community after a natural disaster to being the nation’s largest supplier of blood and blood products.”
For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. Over the years, the organization expanded its services but maintains the core mission of preventing and relieving suffering. In FY15 alone, the American Red Cross of Michigan assisted more than 3,673 families through disasters, and provided more than 2,000 military families in Michigan emergency assistance during a family crisis.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.