Support the American Red Cross and the Wisconsin Lions by Visiting Blood Drives in March – Red Cross Month

February 21, 2011

March is Red Cross Month, a time to honor the volunteers who help fulfill the Red Cross’ lifesaving mission every day. Approximately 21,000 times a day, a patient in the United States is helped by a Red Cross blood donor. By making an appointment to give blood this month, you can help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients in your community and across the nation.

To further celebrate Red Cross Month, the Red Cross has partnered with the Wisconsin Lions to help collect eyeglasses and hearing aids that can be refurbished and distributed to those in need throughout the world. Collection containers will be available at all Red Cross blood drives throughout Wisconsin the entire month of March.

“The Red Cross relies on the support of the American public in order to provide all of the services we offer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “By giving blood and getting involved, you help support the Red Cross and help patients in your community and across the country. During March, we’re proud to also give donors the opportunity to recycle eyeglasses and hearing aids – making them useful once again for someone in need around the world.”

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943 and every U.S. President since then has issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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
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.

About Lions Club International
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit