Blood drives set at three local churches during Red Cross Month


This month, the Indiana Region is honoring the people who make its mission possible every day during its annual Red Cross Month celebration.

The national tradition started nearly 80 years ago when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first national Red Cross Month proclamation recognizing those who give back through the American Red Cross. Each U.S. president has issued a proclamation ever since.

“When emergencies strike, our community rallies together to help families and individuals when it matters most,” said Chad Priest, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Indiana Region. “We honor this dedication during our Red Cross Month celebration, and we invite everyone to turn their compassion into action by volunteering, giving blood or taking a lifesaving skills course.”

Join Red Cross Month by visiting to make a financial donation, give blood, become a volunteer or take a class in lifesaving skills, such as first aid and CPR.

On March 23, you also can join the annual Red Cross Giving Day campaign by donating at to help provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance for people affected by disasters big and small.

The Red Cross blood supply remains incredibly vulnerable, especially as doctors begin to resume elective surgeries previously delayed by omicron. It’s critical that individuals schedule a blood or platelet donation immediately to help ensure patients get the care they need as soon as possible.

To make an appointment, visit, call 800-733-2767 or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Upcoming local blood drives in Seymour include noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Community Church, 1088 Sarasota Drive; 2 to 7 p.m. March 24 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 605 S. Walnut St.; and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 31 at First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive.

As a thank-you, all of those who come to give now through March 31 will receive a $10 e-gift card, thanks to Fanatics. Plus, those who come donate this month will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game in Los Angeles, California.

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