American Red Cross bloodmobile plans New Richmond stopAcross the country, the American Red Cross is reminding communities that March is Red Cross Month, a time to commemorate Red Cross involvement.
Across the country, the American Red Cross is reminding communities that March is Red Cross Month, a time to commemorate Red Cross involvement.
Every two seconds, someone in the Unites States needs blood. By making an appointment to donate blood this month, donors can help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients in this community and across the nation.
This month, donors will also have the opportunity to recycle eyeglasses and hearing aids, making them useful once again for someone in need. The American Red Cross is partnering with the Wisconsin Lions for the second consecutive year to help collect eyeglasses and hearing aids that can be refurbished and distributed to those in need throughout the world. Collection containers will be available at all Red Cross blood drives throughout Wisconsin the entire month of March.
Red Cross Month was first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
To donate, 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 permission 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.
Local blood donation opportunities in March include:
Wednesday, March 7, 1-7 p.m., National Guard Armory, 1245 Wall St., New Richmond.
Wednesday, March 7, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Hudson Hospital & Clinics, 405 Stageline Road, Hudson.
Thursday, March 15, 1-7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU, Hudson.
Thursday, March 15, noon-6 p.m., Glenwood City High School, 850 Maple St., Glenwood City.