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March is Red Cross Month, A Time to Recognize Everyday Heroes

Dallas-Fort Worth – Monday, February 23, 2015 — The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. All of our presidents for the past 70 years, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The community can support their local Red Cross by donating blood, helping to install smoke detectors or even enjoying a slice of pie! Here are just a few activities coming up in March: 

McKinney, Irving and Arlington Blood Drives: 

March 2 – 1:15p.m.-3:30p.m., Baylor Medical Center McKinney, 5252 W. University Dr., McKinney, TX

March 4 – 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m., Baylor Medical Center Irving, 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX

March 21- 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m., Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington (sponsored by Red Shed Media Group) 

To locate other drives near you, click on www.redcrossblood.org 

Fort Worth: 

The Red Cross B*A*S*H, a FREE fundraiser benefitting the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program will happen from 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m., Saturday, March 7 at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth Texas. A concert from Fort Worth’s own Green River Ordinance will begin at around 4:00p.m. Click here to reserve your free ticket, or pay $5.00 at the door.

Dallas, Carrollton and Frisco: 

Get a free slice of “Mile High Pie” at Norma’s Cafe on Wednesday, March 18 by simply showing the Red Cross tornado app on their smart phone. Click here for locations

Arlington: 

On Saturday, March 28 from 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. American Red Cross volunteers will install hundreds of smoke alarms in homes in the Central Arlington area. As part of the new Home Fires Campaign, the Red Cross is aiming to reduce injuries and death from home fires by 25% over the next five years. Volunteers are still needed for the event. Click here to sign up to help install smoke alarms

“Everyday heroes help those in need in the Metroplex every day,” said T.D. Smyers, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas region. “They are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others. During Red Cross Month we thank them for their support.”

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Red Cross DFW responded to 980 local emergencies, assisted 1,440 military families and trained 24,056 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 28,149 units of blood.

“This month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross.” Smyers said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.” 

"Red Cross Month is a great time to join the American Red Cross,” said Patricia Quinn, CEO, Southwest Blood Services Region. “There's a place for everyone so click here to start your Red Cross story."

 

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.