Blood drives set for March 17 and 29

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During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites residents to join in supporting the community by giving blood, getting trained or volunteering. Supporters enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, both here at home and around the world.

One way to help the Red Cross carry on its lifesaving mission is to become a dedicated blood donor. With the generous 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.

Upcoming blood drives are:

♦ Saturday, March 17 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter.

♦ Thursday, March 29 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Campbellsville University.

Call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate 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, 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.

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 assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.