LANSING – The Michigan House of Representatives today passed a plan sponsored by State Representative George C. Cushingberry Jr. (D-Detroit) to help increase donations for the American Red Cross by creating an easy and convenient check-off box for taxpayers on their income tax returns.
"Worthwhile organizations like the American Red Cross are doing great things here in Detroit and across Michigan every single day,"said Cushingberry Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
"By creating this check-off program we can help increase donations to an organization that helps people in their time of need. I applaud my colleagues for coming together to help support the Red Cross, which comes to the rescue all across the world when disaster strikes."In addition to creating the check-off box, Cushingberry's plan also establishes a fund specifically for these donations to ensure every dollar contributed supports the American Red Cross, which is not a government agency and relies on donations to do its work.
For the 2009 tax year, Michigan provided check-off boxes for the following funds: Amanda's Fund for Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Animal Welfare Fund, Children's Hospital of Michigan Fund, Children's Miracle Network Fund, Foster Care Trust Fund, Michigan Council for the Arts Fund, Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund, Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund, Prostate Cancer Research Fund, Renewable Fuels Fund, and the United Way Fund.
(Source Document House of Represenatives George Cushingberry Jr. Page)