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Celebrate Red Cross Month by donating blood in March

BY KAYLA GREEN kayla@theitem.com
Posted 2/27/20

Red Cross Month has been celebrated in March for more than 75 years.

To support the organization's lifesaving mission of providing patients and those in need of blood or platelets, the group is urging the public to donate. Donors of all blood …

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Celebrate Red Cross Month by donating blood in March

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Red Cross Month has been celebrated in March for more than 75 years.

To support the organization's lifesaving mission of providing patients and those in need of blood or platelets, the group is urging the public to donate. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are "urgently needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring."

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check in. Those who are 17 years old 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 old and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can 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 before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor app.

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Blood donation opportunities

- Sunday, March 1: 12:30-5:30 p.m., Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St.

- Monday, March 2: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., YMCA, 510 Miller Road

- Thursday, March 5: 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Crestwood High School, 2000 Oswego Road