03/04/14 For 133 years, the American Red Cross has helped individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. And each spring since 1942, starting with Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. President acknowledges the American Red Cross and encourages volunteerism by issuing a proclamation that declares March as Red Cross Month.

‘”We touch lives down the street, across the country and around the world,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “And it’s your support that allows us to be there every day for the millions of people who depend on us during their time of need.”

Red Cross officials say it’s easy to get involved in helping to effect change in your community. Volunteers can give blood, donate their time and talents, or make financial contributions. Nationwide, more than 500,000 volunteers make a difference through Red Cross services.

“Whatever way you give – be it through blood donation, volunteerism or financial contribution – you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping to change lives,” said Whitman. “Without people like you, there would be no American Red Cross.”

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives in our area include:

·        Wednesday, March 12, from noon until 5:30 p.m. at Argos United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 540 N. Michigan St. in Argos and

·        Thursday, March 13, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Culver Academies in the gymnasium, located at 1300 Academy Road in Culver. 

To schedule an appointment to donate call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.