59 years of giving blood
Dickinson County resident Vance Jones started giving blood through the American Red Cross in 1960. Last month he reached 27 gallons. He was 17 years old when he started donating and needed his father’s permission. He continued to go with his father until his dad was 74. He joined the Army and served from 1964 to 1966. All the while, he gave blood. When his pay was delayed because of an Army clerical error, the Red Cross helped him pay his rent. In the past 59 years, he has only missed one drive due to being out of town. The largest blood drive occurred when Jones’ son was in a car accident in June 1989. That day saw 160 pints of blood donated in honor of his son. Jones carries a thank-you card dated 1973 from the parents of a child who received his blood. Jones’s belief about giving blood to the Red Cross is, “They helped me, I’ll help them.” A blood drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford.