American Red Cross urges celebration of Red Cross Month by donating blood in March

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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:

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202
3/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
3/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3/5/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3/6/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
3/7/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
3/8/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
3/9/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3/12/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3/13/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
3/14/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
3/15/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane Louisville, KY 40207
3/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3/2/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/2/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/5/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/6/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
3/7/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
3/8/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3/9/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/12/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3/13/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
3/14/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
3/15/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Orr Corporation, 11601 Interchange Drive Louisville, KY 40229
3/2/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Vogt Power International, 13551 Triton Park Boulevard Louisville, KY 40223
3/2/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Home Depot, 10301 Westport Road Louisville, KY 40241
3/3/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, 2141 Lancashire Ave. Louisville, KY 40205
3/5/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Buechel Park Baptist Church, 2403 Hikes lane Louisville, KY 40218
3/5/2017: noon – 4 p.m.

Independent Electrical Contactors, 1810 Plantside Dr. Louisville, KY 40223
3/6/2017: noon – 4 p.m.

Southeast Christian, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy Louisville, KY 40243
3/6/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 310 Whittington Pkwy Louisville, KY 40222
3/7/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thorntons Inc., 10101 Linn Station Rd. Louisville, KY 40223
3/7/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Airport Industrial Center Building 91, 122 Rochester Drive, Bldg 91 Louisville, KY 40214
3/7/2017: noon – 4 p.m.

Jefferson Mall, 4801/B-302 Outer Loop Louisville, KY 40219
3/7/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Holiday Hero Red Cross KY 100th Centennial Blood Drive, Kentucky Fair and Expo Center – West Hall, 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209
3/8/2017: noon – 7 p.m.

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road Louisville, KY 40205
3/9/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

St. Athanasius, 5915 Outer Loop Louisville, KY 40219
3/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Thomas More, 6105 South Third St. Louisville , KY 40214
3/12/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, KY 40205
3/13/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Hwy. Louisville, KY 40272
3/14/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

St. Edward, 9608 Sue Helen Dr. Louisville, KY 40299
3/15/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Harvey Browne Presbyterian, 311 Browns Lane Louisville, KY 40207
3/15/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

YMCA-Norton Commons, 11000 Brownsboro Rd. Prospect, KY 40059
3/3/2017: 9 a.m. – noon

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.

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer. Volunteers with flexible schedules are needed to support blood collection in the areas of: greeter and canteen specialists in most areas; and warehouse and transportation specialists in selected areas.

Volunteer greeters assist with blood drive registration. Volunteer canteen specialists assist with distributing snacks to blood donors.

Warehouse volunteers assist with packaging blood drive supplies and transportation specialists transport blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a greeter, canteen, warehouse or transportation volunteer specialist position, visit: http://www.redcross.org/volunteer.

From Red Cross Communications

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