Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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:

 

WI

 

Brown

 

De Pere

2/16/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., WEL Companies Incorporated, 1625 S Broadway St

2/21/2017: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., St Norbert College Michel's Commons, 110 Grant St

3/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes, 1307 Lourdes Ave

 

Green Bay

2/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/15/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bay Port High School, Bay Port High School, 2710 Lineville Rd

2/16/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 825 Morris Ave

2/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/17/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

2/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/23/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Green Bay Community Church, 600 Cardinal Lane

2/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/24/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

2/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

2/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/2/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2470 W Mason St

3/2/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/3/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

3/4/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/7/2017: 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Bellin Hospital, 744 S Webster

3/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/9/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/10/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

3/10/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Courage Martial Arts, Courage Martial Arts, 2300 Main Street

3/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2335 S Webster Avenue

3/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

3/17/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 2750 Ramada Way

3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave

 

Greenleaf

3/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wayside Zion Lutheran School, 8374 County Rd W

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Calumet

 

Chilton

2/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Eagles Club Chilton, 1041 Chestnut

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Door

 

Baileys Harbor

2/18/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bailey's Harbor Town Hall, 2392 County Rd F

 

Sturgeon Bay

2/14/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 229 North 14th Ave

3/15/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sevastopol High School, 4550 Hwy 57

3/17/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sturgeon Bay High School, 1230 Michigan St

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Kewaunee

 

Casco

2/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Luxemburg Casco Middle School, 619 Church Ave

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Manitowoc

 

Manitowoc

2/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 2426 North Rapids Road

 

Maribel

3/17/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. John School, 14311 S Maribel Rd

 

Two Rivers

3/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Two Rivers High School, 4519 Lincoln Ave

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Oconto

 

Lena

3/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lena WI High School, 304 E Main Street

 

Oconto Falls

2/15/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Oconto Falls High School, 210 N Farm Rd

2/23/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 165 N Farm Rd

 

Townsend

2/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Townsend Town Hall, Hwy 32

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Outagamie

 

Kimberly

2/20/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Capital Credit Union, 738 Ford St

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Shawano

 

Bonduel

3/8/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bonduel High School, 400 W Green Bay St

 

Shawano

2/24/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shawano High School, 220 Cty Hwy B

2/27/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N Main St

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Winnebago

 

Omro

2/24/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Omro High School, 455 Fox Trail

 

Oshkosh

2/13/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Algoma United Methodist Church, 1174 Algoma Blvd

 

 

How 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.

 

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact Carly Burson (608) 298-6194 or visit redcrossblood.org/badgerhawkeye.

 

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

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