Be an Everyday Hero by Giving Blood During Red Cross Month

March 11, 2013

News Release   
Northern Ohio Blood Services Region
Media Contact: Christy Sabaka,  216.361.7523
                                                 216.308.8348 (cell)                                 


Be an Everyday Hero by Giving Blood During Red Cross Month 

Monday, March 11, 2013 — Blood donors are Everyday Heroes who help save lives. March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross takes this time to recognize these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.

“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Christy Sabaka, Communications Program Manager of the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region.  “Anyone can become an Everyday Hero by giving blood or platelets, becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or taking a class.”

March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The organization has been helping people for more than 130 years.

The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

In addition to collecting and distributing about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in the U.S., providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The organization also offers 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year.

Last year in northern Ohio alone, 160,900 units of blood and platelets were donated through the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region and the Greater Cleveland Chapter responded to 377 local emergencies, assisted 775 military families and trained over 16,000 people in lifesaving skills.

For blood donation opportunities near you, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS


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 or join our blog at