OMAHA, Neb. — Across the country, the American Red Cross is reminding communities that March is Red Cross Month. In the U.S., nearly 5 million patients need blood transfusions every year. By making an appointment to give blood this month, eligible donors can help the Red Cross meet patient needs.
“The Red Cross relies on the support of the American public to provide all of the services we offer,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “By giving blood, you support the Red Cross and help patients in need.”
March was initially declared Red Cross Month in 1943, when then-President Franklin Roosevelt reminded Americans the Red Cross is committed to providing blood products, disaster relief and emergency social services across the U.S. and internationally.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Marysville Community Blood Drive held at the American Legion Hall on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.