Red Cross honoring local community heroes in March

Press Staff Writer

        As climate disasters, blood donation needs and other emergencies upend lives, local community heroes are stepping up to care for one another.
        This month, the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Region is honoring those who make its mission possible during the 80th annual Red Cross Month celebration — a national tradition that began in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.
        “When help can’t wait during emergencies, people in northern Ohio rally together to provide relief and hope for neighbors in need,” said Mike Parks, Regional CEO. “This humanitarian spirit is at the heart of our community, and we are proud to honor all those who make our mission possible during this year’s Red Cross Month celebration.”
        Participate in Red Cross Month by visiting to make a financial donation, give blood or platelets, become a volunteer or take a class in lifesaving skills, such as first aid, CPR and how to use an AED.
        On March 22, 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.
        Continuing Clara Barton’s legacy. Today’s Red Cross volunteers, blood and platelet donors and supporters are advancing the lifesaving legacy of Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross more than 140 years ago. Her vision to prevent and alleviate human suffering has never wavered – generation after generation, people have come together to adapt this timeless mission for their communities’ most urgent needs.
        A rewarding day of giving back. Home fires are the most frequent disaster response for the Red Cross, which is also working to help families stay safe by installing free smoke alarms during its Sound the Alarm home fire safety events in at-risk communities. Volunteers are needed for events occurring April 22-May 6 in northern Ohio — register and learn more at
        Prevent a blood shortage. When volunteer blood and platelet donors lend an arm this March, they’ll help keep the blood supply from dropping this spring. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma through March 31 will receive a $10 Visa Prepaid Card by email. Plus, they’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card – which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners. (Terms for both offers apply. Visit for details).
        Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
        • American Red Cross Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway – Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
        • Perrysburg: March 15, 1-6 p.m., Perrysburg Schools Board of Education, 140 East Indiana Ave. and March 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 East Indiana Ave.
        • Oak Harbor: March 21, 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St.
        • Pemberville: March 23, 12-6 p.m., Pemberville American Legion, 405 East Front St.
        • Fremont: March 29, 1:30-6 p.m., Fremont VFW, 204 Birchard Ave.
        For more information, visit


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