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).

Locally, call Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cherry

Valentine
3/2/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 400 West 5th Street
3/3/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Valentine High School, 431 N. Green
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Custer

Ansley
3/7/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ansley High School, 1124 Cameron, P.O. Box 370

Broken Bow
3/8/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Municipal Building, 314 S. 10th
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Garfield

Burwell
3/14/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart, 727 I St.
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Holt

Ewing
3/15/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ewing High School, 416 N. Spruce St.
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Howard

Saint Paul
3/15/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Paul High School, 1305 Howard Avenue
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Sherman

Loup City
3/8/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loup City Community Center, 803 O St
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Valley

Ord
3/14/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Veteran’s Club, 246 S. 15th St.

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.