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Red Cross to hold March blood drives

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The American Red Cross will hold four area blood drives during March.

The following are upcoming blood donation opportunities:

• March 13 at Cornerstone Christian Academy gym, 3850 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, 1-6 p.m.

• March 17 at Ballardsville Baptist Church, 4300 S. Hwy. 146, Ballardsville, 2-6 p.m.

• March 18 at Mt. Byrd Christian Church, 68 Peck Pike, Milton, 2:30-6:30 p.m.

• March 23 at Southeast Christian Church (Red Cross bus), 6201 Crestwood Station, Crestwood, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Blood donors are everyday heroes who help save lives. During March, Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.

Courtney Krisher will be forever grateful for the donors who helped save her brother, Lucas. The siblings, who are both members of the U.S. military, had given blood together just a few months before Lucas was in a motorcycle accident. He was rushed to the hospital with extensive internal bleeding and received four pints of blood.

“Some people call me and my brother heroes (because of our military service), but I think the same could be said for people who give blood,” Courtney said.

The Red Cross has been meeting the needs of patients like Lucas since World War II, and today partners with nearly 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers throughout the U.S.

To make an appointment to give blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).