Mar 01, 2020 2:52 AM

Red Cross: Local, area blood drives in March

Posted Mar 01, 2020 2:52 AM

The American Red Cross urges the public to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood this March in celebration of Red Cross Month.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

Every day, thousands of patients depend on blood donations to help save their lives – patients like Heath Cornford who spent his first 217 days of life in the hospital. Born in February 2018 with an abnormal narrowing of the heart, Heath has undergone many complex surgeries – including a heart transplant – and required a number of blood transfusions.

“I can’t tell you how thankful we are for the lifesaving donations that saved our son,” said his mom, Mylinda Cornford. “Blood is something you can donate for free. You can make an impact, save a life and give back to your community.”

Heath recently celebrated his second birthday and is a thriving, energetic toddler.

Be a hero for patients in need

Heroes of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to provide hope and help for patients across the country. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 1-15 include the following.

Marion County


March 13: 1:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor


March 4: 8:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Peabody High School, 810 N. Sycamore

McPherson County


March 12: noon- 6 p.m., Community Center, 100 W. McPherson


March 14: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sugar Creek School, 1558 21st St.


March 12: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Prairieland Partners John Deere, 2401 E. Northview

March 13: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., McPherson YMCA, 220 N. Walnut

Ottawa County


March 11: 1-7 p.m., Bennington Community Fire/EMS, 584 N. 180th Road

Republic County


March 3: noon-6 p.m., Republic County 4-H Building, 901 O Street

Saline County


March 6: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kansas Wesleyan University, 100 E. Claflin

March 13: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eaglecrest Retirement Community, 1501 Magnolia Road

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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.

Blood and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at use the Blood Donor App.   

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