(March 1, 2017) – The community is encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass.

With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can conveniently schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass before coming to their appointments.

“I've always thought it was the right thing to do, to donate when it was convenient for me,” said Lance Ford. “But after my triplets were born premature and needed transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit, I decided that it was more important to seek out opportunities to donate, rather than just waiting until it was convenient to me. The Red Cross apps and notifications make it very easy to find a location near you, and they are so courteous, respectful and efficient. There is really no excuse not to donate. It's such a small thing that makes such a big difference!”

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943 in celebration of the Red Cross volunteers who help those in need by giving their time, money or blood. Join their ranks by making an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Benton County

Fowler

3/29/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fowler United Methodist Church, 908 E. 12th Street

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Carroll County

Burlington

3/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Burlington Community Park, E 5th Street

Delphi

3/2/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Honan Hall, Monroe and Union St

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Cass County

Galveston

3/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Galveston United Methodist Church, 515 S Maple

Logansport

3/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Logansport Mall, 3900 E. Market Street

3/22/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 1 Ivy Tech Way

Walton

3/20/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thompson Elementary School, 6422 E State Road 218

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Clinton County

Frankfort

3/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton Street

3/31/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., St. Vincent Hospital, 1300 South Jackson Street

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Elkhart County

Elkhart

3/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Concord High School, 59117 Minuteman Way

3/30/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cummins Onan, 5125 Beck Drive

Goshen

3/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/3/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/4/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/10/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/11/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Harrison Christian School, 64784 C.R. 11

3/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/13/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1011 South Indiana Avenue

3/13/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church/School, 109 West Monroe Street

3/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pleasant View Mennonite Church, 58529 CR 23

3/17/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/18/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Believers Fellowship Church, 60781 State Road 13

3/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/24/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/24/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grace Community Church, 20076 County Road 36

3/25/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/29/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

3/30/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Goshen College, 1700 South Main St.

3/31/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 South Indiana

Middlebury

3/6/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Orchard View Elementary School, 56734 Northridge Drive

Nappanee

3/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maranatha Fellowship Church, 9639 W. Hepton Rd

New Paris

3/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sunnyside Park, 68546 S. Clinton

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Fulton County

Akron

3/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Akron Elementary School, 202 E. Rural St

Fulton

3/23/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Caston Elementary School, 9815 IN-25

Rochester

3/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Talma Community Building, 6873 N SR 25

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Grant County

Marion

3/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., College Wesleyan Church, 200 East 38th Street

Swayzee

3/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Swayzee United Methodist Church, 306 S Washington

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Howard County

Kokomo

3/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bethany Fellowship School, 600E 5169N

3/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S Washington St

3/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rozzi's Catering and Continental Ballroom, 920 Millbrook Lane

3/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Vincent Hospital, 1907 W Sycamore

3/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Maple Crest Middle School, 2727 South Washington

3/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1967 W Blvd

3/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Vincent Hospital, 1907 W Sycamore

Russiaville

3/25/2017: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Russiaville United Methodist Church, 180 North Union

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Jasper County

Demotte

3/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Keener Township Emergency Services, 321 15th Street SE

Remington

3/17/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Apostolic Fellowship Hall, 16448 S US Hwy 231

Rensselaer

3/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph College - Halleck Center, 1498 S. College Avenue

Wheatfield

3/21/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Wheatfield Library, 350 S. Bierma Street

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Kosciusko County

Milford

3/21/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Milford School, 611 West Emeline Street

Pierceton

3/16/2017: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Paragon, 8 Matchett Industrial Park Drive

Syracuse

3/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S Huntington

Warsaw

3/10/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kosciusko Community Hospital, 2101 E. Dubois

3/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Center Lake Pavilion, 117 Canal St.

3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., YMCA, 1305 Mariners Drive

3/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Culver's, 852 N Parker Street

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La Porte County

La Crosse

3/16/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Center of LaCrosse, 100 S. Washington

La Porte

3/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway

3/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., La Lumiere School, 6801 N. Wilhelm Rd

3/24/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Laporte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway

3/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 201 Bach Street

3/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G Street

Michigan City

3/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive

3/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road

3/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Edgewood Elementary School, 502 Boyd Circle

3/9/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Evergreen Baptist Church, 2005 E. Coolspring Ave

3/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 818 Franklin Street

Rolling Prairie

3/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John Kanty, 7012 North 600 East

Westville

3/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Purdue University Northwest - Westville Campus, Library Student Faculty Building Room 144, 1401 S. US 421

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Lagrange County

Lagrange

3/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., LaGrange First United Methodist Church, 209 W. Spring Street

Wolcottville

3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S

3/28/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wolcott Mills Elementary School, 108 E. Myers Road

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Lake County

Cedar Lake

3/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 13039 Wicker Avenue

Crown Point

3/2/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Matthias Church, 101 W Burrell Drive

3/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main Street

East Chicago

3/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 410 East Columbus Drive

Hammond

3/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive

3/31/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cabela's, 7700 Cabela Drive

Highland

3/7/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Highland Parks & Recreation Center, 2450 Lincoln Street

3/28/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Christenson Chevy Superstore, 9700 Indianapolis Blvd

Hobart

3/27/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road

Merrillville

3/4/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

3/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

3/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

3/18/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

3/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

3/24/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 7200 Mississippi Street

3/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 7200 Mississippi Street

3/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave

Schererville

3/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway

3/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Forest Ridge Academy, 7300 Forest Ridge Drive

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Marshall County

Argos

3/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Argos United Methodist Church, 540 N Michigan St.

Bremen

3/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southwire, 515 Copperfield Way

Culver

3/9/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Culver Academies Fleet Gymnasium, 1300 Academy Rd.

Plymouth

3/6/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Menominee Elementary School, 815 Discovery Lane

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Miami County

Denver

3/6/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Denver, 111 N Yorick

Peru

3/8/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Parkview United Methodist Church, 1785 Indiana 19

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Porter County

Chesterton

3/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 E. 1100 N

3/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Chesterton, 810 Michael Drive

Hebron

3/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Gathering Place, 131 North Main Street

3/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hebron High School, 509 S. Main Street

Kouts

3/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hopewell Mennonite Church, 805 N Main Street

Portage

3/2/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Willowcreek Middle School, 5962 Central Avenue

3/10/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Miller's Senior Living Community, 5911 Lute Road

3/10/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., YMCA of Portage, 3100 Willowcreek Rd.

3/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Neighbors's Educational Opportunites, Inc, 5201 US 6

3/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Real Life Community Church, 3134 Swanson Road

Valparaiso

3/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., YMCA Valparaiso, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr.

3/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 3401 N. Valparaiso Street

3/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Morgan Township High School, 299 S. SR 49

3/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd.

3/17/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Culver's, 2101 LaPorte Ave

3/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 Lincolnway

3/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Washington Township High School, 381 East SR 2

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Pulaski County

Winamac

3/1/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 340 E. 50 N.

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St Joseph County

Walkerton

3/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lincoln Township Community Building, 3098 S. 800 East (Fish Lake)

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Tippecanoe County

West Lafayette

3/1/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Krannert School of Management, 403 West State Street

3/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette, 1022 1st Street

3/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Purdue University College of Vet Medicine, 625 Harrison Street

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Wabash County

North Manchester

3/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street

Wabash

3/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 110 N. Cass St.

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White County

Burnettsville

3/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 325 S. Main Street

Idaville

3/9/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Idaville First Church of God, 11073 E 50 N

Wolcott

3/8/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Tri County High School, 11298 West 100 South

How to help

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 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.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.