March is Red Cross Month, and for more than 130 years, heroic American Red Cross volunteers have provided hope and urgent relief to families in communities across the country.


On March 7 in honor of Red Cross Month and the organization’s mission, there will be blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarion Inn.


According to the Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds to respond to patient emergencies.


Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood. All blood types are needed.


Make an appointment to give blood at this drive by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS at 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device and using sponsor code GardenCityKS.


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.


For more information visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org or at Twitter at @RedCross.