Lifesaving, with pineapple t-shirts and a side of pancakes. It’s just the way Mickey would have wanted it. Her friends and family are carrying on her generous legacy with a memorial birthday blood drive today at Muscatine High School. ❤️💉🥞🍍
Thanks to #Iowa@governorkim for joining “Hy-Vee Today with Tony Tone” this morning! Governor Reynolds spoke in the #Muscatine#HyVee Club Room following this interview along with Lt. Gov. Gregg.
Tomorrow morning #Iowa Governor @kimreynoldsia joins #HyVeeToday at 7:45am! Stream live on Facebook, YouTube, Apple TV and Roku. The Governor will then speak on the “Condition of the State” at 8:00am in the #Muscatine#HyVee Club Room.
Micaela Brunson had a light so bright that it still shines. “For 16 years, eight months and 25 days, Micaela filled our lives with so much love, joy and laughter,” said her mother, Alma Brunson. “She had a gift for making people feel special, a contagious laugh and a smile that lit up a room. Our family received hundreds of letters from people who shared stories of how Micaela touched their lives. She just made everyone feel special." Micaela's family is celebrating her birthday (she would be 18 on February 20) with a blood drive in her honor all week long at our Muscatine donor center. Her parents Alma and Brian plus extended family (including aunts, uncles and cousins) donated last night to kick off the week of lifesaving. It fittingly coincided with Random Acts of Kindness Week. “One day Micaela asked me to sign a permission slip so she could give blood,” Alma explained. "This was important to her because it was another way she could help people.” Even after her death, Micaela continued to help others. She was an organ and tissue donor. She donated her corneas. And her final hair donation, after regularly donating to Locks of Love, was made to Dreads for Friends. “It is important for our family to give back to our community,” said Alma. “We were humbled by the outpouring of love and support we were given. Having a blood drive to celebrate Micaela’s birthday just made sense.” The blood donations collected in honor of Micaela will not only help patients who count on lifesaving transfusions, but also will help Muscatine High School and one of its students. The school will receive a Life$avings grant as a Blood Center partner, that will go toward a scholarship in Micaela’s name. Someone from Micaela’s graduating class this year will receive the scholarship.
To schedule an appointment, please call the Blood Center at 563-264-2967 or 1-800-747-5401 or book online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or through the Blood Center app. Use group code 3427 when registering to donate, to help the high school receive their scholarship grant. Muscatine center hours are 1:30-6:30pm Tuesday; noon-5pm Thursday; and 7-11am Friday.
Happy birthday, Mickey!