Blood drives planned for March 9 and 10

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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 United States needs blood. By making an appointment to donate blood this month, residents can help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients in the community and across the nation.

Thanks to the everyday support of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can help ensure every patient has the blood products they need, no matter when or where they are needed.

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.

Blood drives have been planned for Friday, March 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Taylor Regional Hospital and Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Taylor County Elementary School.

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States.

While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it.

In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families and helps victims of international disasters or conflicts.

To donate, call (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.

Those 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.