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Celebrate Red Cross Month by Giving Blood in March
By WestKyStar & American Red Cross 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
3/7/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dongola Unit School District # 66
1000 High St. Dongola, IL 62926
3/9/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bardwell Baptist Church
323 US Highway 51 S. Bardwell, KY 42023
3/1/2018: noon - 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church
115 Second St. Fulton, KY 42041
3/6/2018: noon - 4 p.m.

Sedalia Elementary School
5252 State Route 97 Mayfield, KY 42066
3/5/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.

Graves County Central Elementary
2262 State Rt. 121 N. Mayfield, KY 42066
3/7/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.

Farmington Elementary School
7730 State Route 121 S. Mayfield, KY 42066
3/8/2018: noon - 5 p.m.

Graves County Middle  School
615 Jimtown Road Mayfield, KY 42066
3/8/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.

Symsonia Elementary School
11730 State Route 131 Symsonia, KY 42082
3/7/2018: noon - 5 p.m.

Wingo Elementary School
449 Lebanon St. Wingo, KY 42088
3/6/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.

Cypress Grade School
4580 Mt. Pisgah Road Cypress, IL 62923
3/14/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.

Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road Ullin, IL 62992
3/14/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church
1620 West Main St. Murray, KY 42071
3/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lowes Elementary School
6775 State Route 440 Lowes, KY 42061
3/15/2018: noon - 5 p.m.

First Baptist Church Kuttawa
Walnut Drive Kuttawa, KY 42055
3/12/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Calvert City Civic Center
991 E. 5th Ave. Calvert City, KY 42029
3/12/2018: noon - 6 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center
4635 Falconcrest Drive Paducah, KY 42001
3/1/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
3/2/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3/3/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
3/4/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
3/5/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
3/6/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3/8/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
3/9/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3/10/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
3/11/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
3/12/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
3/13/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3/15/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.

First Christian Church
415 Audubon Drive Paducah, KY 42001
3/5/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Portageville High School
904 King St. Portageville, MO 63873
3/2/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 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.

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.

Published 07:37 PM, Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018
Updated 07:46 PM, Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018

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