Be a hero during Red Cross Month by donating blood on Wednesday, March 14th at Kohler High School

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Madison, Wisconsin (February 14, 2018) — Since 1943, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross and its supporters help people in need. Our community is invited to be a part of this movement and help save lives by donating blood on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:30 to 2:30 at Kohler High School. By donating at this blood drive, you are helping our graduating seniors earn a scholarship.

In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help save up to three lives and feel instant gratification. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. According to the Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. All blood types are needed.

The American Red Cross has reissued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help address a now-critical winter blood donation shortage. Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled Red Cross blood drives since earlier this month, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. More donations are critically needed in the coming days and weeks so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Kohler or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

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