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Become an Everyday Hero During Red Cross Month

Northern Ohio

March 6, 2014
 

Media contact: Christy Sabaka, (216) 361-7523
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Become an Everyday Hero During Red Cross Month

Red Cross celebrates all those in Northern Ohio who support its mission

CLEVELAND, Ohio (March 6, 2014) — The American Red Cross empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary things. March is Red Cross Month, a great time to celebrate and recognize everyday heroes in the community – those who help their neighbors by giving blood, learning lifesaving skills, volunteering or making a financial contribution to the Red Cross.

“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in Northern Ohio,” said Christy Sabaka, Communications Program Manager for the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”

For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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. 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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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