TRAVERSE CITY — Like clockwork, Scot Richards donates a pint of blood every 59 days.
That’s been Richards’ routine for about 30 years, which makes the Interlochen man among the top donors in the region to Michigan Blood, according to the blood bank’s list of people who’ve donated one gallon or more. Richards donated 15 gallons and credits his religious views for keeping him committed.
“Jesus gave me all his blood, so in return I give a pint. I think that’s the most important reason,” said Richards, 47.
The Michigan Blood list includes donors from Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Osceola and Wexford counties. Many on the list have donated one gallon, and others, such as Richards, reached double digits.
“I realized how ... few people give blood and my blood type is O negative. It keeps me going,” Richards said.
Michigan Blood public relations coordinator Allison Beers said there’s always a need for blood, and even more so in the summer, when school blood drives end.
“High school drives account for about 33 percent of our blood donors, and in the summer months between people getting busy and taking time for vacation ... we need blood in the summer months even more,” she said.
For information about donation centers and blood drives, visit miblood.org
Check www.record-eagle.com today for a list of of people in the region who have donated a gallon of blood or more to Michigan Blood.