Red Cross sets blood drives this month in McCracken County
By Jason Travis
KPI Staff Writer
March is recognized as Red Cross Month. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt, in an effort to recognize all the Red Cross does to support communities through its various services, designated the month for the Red Cross. Those services include disaster relief, service to the military, first aid and CPR and much more. Red Cross Month is a time for people to educate themselves on how they can become involved in the mission to help their own neighbors.
One of the most important ways to help the Red Cross is to give the gift of life and donate blood.
According to Anthony Tinin, Donor Recruitment Representative, American Red Cross, blood drives will be held this month at the following locations in McCracken County:
-10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 10 at St. Mary High School
• 1 to 5 p.m., March 19 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church
• 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., March 21 at Reidland Elementary
• 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 22 at Lourdes Hospital
• Noon to 6 p.m., March 28 at Lone Oak Elementary
• Noon to 6 p.m., March 30 at Hendron/Lone Oak Elementary.
Tinin said it takes about an hour to go through the process of giving blood. All blood types are needed because there are patients of every blood type. Type O donors are universal donors so they are always needed.
The Red Cross in this area, the Tennessee Valley Region, needs to see 500 donors each day to keep a healthy blood supply.