02/26/13 Blood donors are Everyday Heroes who help save lives. During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.
“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Anyone can become an Everyday Hero by giving blood or platelets, becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or taking a class.”
March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The organization has been helping people for more than 130 years.
The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN OUR AREA INCLUED:
- Sunday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Indiana National Guard in the gymnasium, located at 1220 W. Madison St. in Plymouth. Come to donate and receive a Red Cross pin!
- Friday, March 8, from noon until 5:30 p.m. at Argos United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 540 N. Michigan St. in Argos. Come to donate and receive a Red Cross pin!
- Tuesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Culver Academies in the gymnasium, located at 1300 Academy Road in Culver. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt and a Red Cross pin!
- Wednesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Hall, located at 803 W. Bike St. in Bremen. Come to donate and receive a t-shirt and a Red Cross pin!
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.