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Celebrate Red Cross Month by Giving Blood in March
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - 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:
Hardin County High School, Route 2 Elizabethtown, IL 62931
3/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cypress Grade School, 4580 Mt. Pisgah Road Cypress, IL 62923
3/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dongola Unit School District # 66, 1000 High St. Dongola, IL 62926
3/10/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

CFSB Center, 1401 KY-121 Murray, KY 42071
3/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bardwell Baptist Church, 323 US Highway 51 S. Bardwell, KY 42023
3/2/2017: noon - 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 115 Second St. Fulton, KY 42041
3/7/2017: noon - 4 p.m.

Fancy Farm Elementary School, 10225 State Rt. 80 W. Fancy Farm, KY 42039
3/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Lowes Elementary School, 6775 State RT. 440 Lowes, KY 42061
3/9/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Sedalia Elementary School, 5252 State Route 97 Mayfield, KY 42066
3/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Graves County Central Elementary, 2262 State Rt. 121 North Mayfield, KY 42066
3/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Farmington Elementary School, 7730 State Route 121 South Mayfield, KY 42066
3/9/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Symsonia Elementary School, 11730 State Route 131 Symsonia, KY 42082
3/8/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Wingo Elementary School, 449 Lebanon St. Wingo, KY 42088
3/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Lake City Baptist Church, 410 Hazel Demery Road Grand Rivers, KY 42045
3/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

First Baptist Church Kuttawa, Walnut Drive Kuttawa, KY 42055
3/13/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 1st and Ash St. Calvert City, KY 42029
3/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive Paducah, KY 42001
3/2/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3/3/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
3/4/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3/6/2017: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
3/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
3/9/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3/10/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
3/11/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3/13/2017: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
3/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Dr. Paducah, KY 42001
3/6/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fairfield Church of Christ, 1860 Hwy. 100 Centerville, TN 37033
3/6/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

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

Published 10:00 AM, Friday Feb. 17, 2017
Updated 10:40 AM, Friday Feb. 17, 2017

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