Red Cross posts blood donation opportunities for March 16-31 as part of Red Cross Month

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ST. GEORGE— During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities, helping to prepare for and bringing help and hope after emergencies.

One of these faces is blood donor Sherri Kay. For more than 30 years, Kay has been helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission.

“Knowing that I help to save lives and make a difference through the Red Cross is one of the most significant things that I do,” Kay said.

Heroes of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this spring. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 consent 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their predonation 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 the Red Cross RapidPass webpage and follow the instructions on the site.

Upcoming Red Cross blood donation opportunities:

Washington County:

St. George
March 16: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Security Service Federal Credit Union, 1227 E. 100 South
March 16: 1-5 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
March 17: 2-7 p.m., St. George Utah Green Valley Stake, 124 N. Valley View Drive
March 18: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
March 25: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
March 28: 1-6 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
March 30: 1-7 p.m., St. George Little Valley Stake, 1762 South River Road

Santa Clara
March 21: 2-7 p.m., Rachel Drive Chapel, 3815 W. Rachel Drive

Washington
March 24: 2-7 p.m., Washington Field Stake, 1295 S. 3000 East

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Iron County:

Cedar City
March 25: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Southwest Applied Technology College, 757 S. 800 West
March 28: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Cedar Institute Building, 650 W. Center St.
March 29: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Cedar Institute Building, 650 W. Center St.
March 29: 1-5:30 p.m., Healing Mountain Massage School, 297 N. Cove Drive
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Emery County

Ferron
March 23: 1:30-7 p.m., Ferron Stake 200 North Building, 35 W. 200 North
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Grand County

Moab
March 22: 1:30-7:30 p.m., Moab Utah Stake, 701 Locust Lane
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Kane County

Kanab
March 23: 2-7 p.m., Kanab Stake, 50 W. Center
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Millard County

Fillmore
March 18: 2-8 p.m., Fillmore Utah Stake, 300 W. Center

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 follow Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCross.

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