Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people down the street, across the country and around the world.

Red Cross Month is a celebration of the everyday heroes, like Karla Essmiller, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities. Essmiller began donating blood and even coordinated a few blood drives when she was in college. “Donating blood is a simple gift that I can make that may help up to three people live another day,” she said. “That makes me feel like a hero!”  

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products.

Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


March 2: 11:30-4:30, St. Mary's Church, 24 Dodging Town Road


March 11: 1:30-6:30, Central Christian Church, 71 West St.


March 9: 12:30-6, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road


March 7: 1:30-6:30, Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue


March 5: 7:45-1, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street


March 8: 1:30-6:30, Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.; 8:30-1:30, Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.


March 3: 1:30-6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.


March 14: 8-1:45, R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

March 4: 8-1:30, Perkin Elmer Corporation, 710 Bridgeport Avenue


March 4: 8-1, Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


March 3: 1-6:15, Knights of Columbus, 2252 Main Street

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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.