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Be a hero during Red Cross Month by donating blood

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 19:02:20-05

The American Red Cross says you can be a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month!

Every U.S. president since 1943 has recognized March as the honorary month.  During this time, supporters who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities are celebrated for bringing help and hope to people in their area after emergencies.

For more than 30 years, blood donor Sherri Kay has been helping the Red Cross fulfill its lifesaving mission.“Knowing that I help to save lives and make a difference through the Red Cross is one of the most significant things that I do,” Kay said.

Everyday heroes of all blood types are needed to help save lives this spring! The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients.

If you’d like give blood download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

For platelet donations, please call 1-757-623-4880.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in your area:

NEWPORT NEWS

3/16/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News
3/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
3/22/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trader Joe’s, 12551 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
3/23/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Christopher Newport University: Freeman Center, 1 University Place Newport News
3/29/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., City of Newport News Police Department, 9710 Jefferson Avenue Newport News

NORFOLK

3/16/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Avenue Norfolk
3/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby Street Norfolk
3/21/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue Norfolk
3/21/2016: 2:45 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saint Pius Catholic Church, 7800 Halprin Drive Norfolk
3/23/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Student Center, 700 Park Avenue Norfolk
3/23/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Norfolk Masonic Temple, 7001 Granby Street Norfolk
3/23/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW Ocean View Post 3160, 111 A View Avenue Norfolk
3/30/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Health & Fitness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue Norfolk

VIRGINIA BEACH

3/17/2016: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hampton Roads Sanitation District, 1434 Air Rail Avenue Virginia Beach
3/17/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sandbridge Rescue Squad Sta 17, 305 Sandbridge Road Virginia Beach
3/17/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Freedom Fellowship Church Sanctuary, 836 Regency Drive Virginia Beach
3/17/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
3/18/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1552 Kempsville Road Virginia Beach
3/18/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wawa Ferrell Pkwy, 5048 Ferrell Parkway Virginia Beach
3/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
3/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 424 Kings Grant Road Virginia Beach
3/22/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
3/23/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center, 2800 Shore Drive Virginia Beach
3/24/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wawa  Holland Rd, 4377 Holland Road Virginia Beach
3/24/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
3/25/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pint Party, 236 Clearfield Avenue, Suite 206 Virginia Beach
3/26/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
3/29/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach
3/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
3/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach
3/31/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach

CHESAPEAKE

3/18/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Church at Western Branch, 1935 Jolliff Road Chesapeake
3/22/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Centerville Baptist Church, 908 Centerville Turnpike South Chesapeake
3/31/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nexcom, 530 Independence Parkway, Suite 500 Chesapeake
3/31/2016: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Sentara College of Health Sciences, 1441 Crossways Boulevard, Suite 105 Chesapeake
3/31/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Great Bridge United Methodist Church, 201 Stadium Drive Chesapeake

PORTSMOUTH

3/19/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3300 Cedar Lane Portsmouth
3/31/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., USCG Atlantic Area Command, 431 Crawford Street Portsmouth

WILLIAMSBURG

3/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woodlands Conference Center, 119 Visitors Center Drive Williamsburg
3/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road Williamsburg
3/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue Williamsburg
3/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane Williamsburg
3/24/2016: 7:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., Jamestown High School, 3751 John Tyler Highway Williamsburg
3/30/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., College of William and Mary Trinkle Hall, Grigsby Street Williamsburg

MANTEO

3/16/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Manteo High School, 616 Wingina Road Manteo

ELIZABETH CITY

3/17/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Weeksville Lions Club, 2760 Peartree Road Elizabeth City
3/31/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., College of the Albemarle Bld. D, 1208 North Road Street Elizabeth City

TOANA

3/17/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stonehouse Presbyterian Church, 9401 Fieldstone Parkway Toano

YORKTOWN

3/17/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Peninsula Community Chapel, 4209 Big Bethel Road Yorktown

BENA

3/22/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Abingdon Ruritan Club, Rt. 216 Bena

COURTLAND

3/23/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Southampton Academy, 26495 Old Plank Road Courtland

SMITHFIELD

3/24/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Drive, Smithfield Smithfield

GRAFTON

3/26/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Harley Davidson, Yorktown, 6450 George Washington Memorial Highway Grafton

FRANKLIN

3/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Paul D Camp Community College, 100 N College Drive Franklin

GLOUCESTER POINT

3/30/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Institute Marine Science, Rt. 1208 Greate Road, P.O. Box 1346 Gloucester Point

RICH SQUARE

3/31/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rich Square United Methodist Church, 263 S. Main Street Rich Square