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Celebrate Red Cross Month By Giving Blood In March
Updated February 16, 2017 7:23 AM
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(UNDATED) - During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.

Blood donor Timothy Sheely knows the need firsthand. His wife required 12 units of blood during emergency surgery following the birth of their son. "If it had not been for blood donors, she might not have survived," he said. "Thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their mom. I can't possibly thank those people in person, but I can give a little piece of me back with each donation for the greater good."

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.

Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Bartholomew County

Columbus

  • 2/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 531 Fifth street
  • 2/24/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 3/3/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 3/10/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane

Brown County

Nashville

  • 3/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 East State Road 46

Greene County

Bloomfield

  • 3/14/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cincinnati Christian Church, 11432 SR 54 East

Lawrence County

Bedford

  • 3/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walmart, 3200 John Williams Blvd.

Mitchell

  • 3/14/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mitchell Manor Nursing Home, 24 Teke Burton Drive

Martin County

Loogootee

  • 2/20/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Johns Catholic Church, 408 Church Street

Monroe County

Bloomington

  • 2/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Indiana University Health Bloomington, 601 West Second Street
  • 2/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 2/23/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union Building, 900 E. 7th St.
  • 2/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 2/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/2/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Hoosier Hills Career Center, 3070 Prow Road
  • 3/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/4/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/7/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street
  • 3/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/9/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 200 Daniels Way
  • 3/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 3/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Owen County

Spencer

  • 3/3/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Owen County Family YMCA, 1111 W. State Highway 46

How to help

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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