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Become A Hero By Giving Blood During Red Cross Month
Updated March 3, 2015 6:32 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn't take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by
giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide, about 70 of which are in the local Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region.

Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross
Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Columbus

  • 3/3/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bartholomew County Library, 536 5th St.
  • 3/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive
  • 3/7/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 3600 25th St.
  • 3/13/2015: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive

Bloomfield

  • 3/14/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Bloomfield, 401 Shyla Lane
  • 3/13/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shakamak Junior/Senior High School, 9233 Shakamak School Road
  • 3/12/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., White River Valley Jr. /Sr. High School, 5644 W. State Road

Lawrence

  • 3/14/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wal-Mart, 3200 John Williams Blvd., Bedford
  • 3/13/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lehigh Cement Company, 180 N. Meridian Road, Mitchell

Bloomington

  • 3/3/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Indiana University Foundation, 1500 N. State Road 46 Bypass
  • 3/4/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/6/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/7/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/9/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Delta Upsilon, 1200 E 3rd St.
  • 3/10/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 200 Daniels Way
  • 3/11/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/12/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/13/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

French Lick

  • 3/11/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Beechwood Christian, 8535 West Highway 56
  • 3/12/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Springs Valley High School, 326 South Larry Bird Blvd.
  • 3/7/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wal-Mart Supercenter, 735 Gospel Road
  • 3/4/2015: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle, 5392 State Highway 67

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age 16 with parental consent in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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.



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